Skills for Success Forum

Skills for Success Forum: Recognizing the Value of Reading in Skilled Trade and Technology Careers

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024
Time: 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
(Networking breakfast begins at 8:00 AM)

Spend your morning learning and participating in active discussions regarding the importance of reading in skilled trade and technology careers. This event will be bilingual with simultaneous interpretation offered.

To register for this free event, please click here or contact Courtney Cardenas, Program Coordinator at courtneyc@skillscanada.com


  • Teachers
  • Guidance Counsellors
  • Career Counsellors
  • HR Managers
  • Administrators
  • Parents


  • Meet fellow colleagues
  • Share experiences and learned from others
  • Roundtable discussion with industry stakeholders
  • Inspired to bring back information and make change
  • Meet experts in the field ofSkills for Success and trades and technology training
  • Opportunity to acquire new Skills for Success educational resources for your school or workplace


  • Apprentices with the Skills for Success they need for their trade are eight times more likely to pass their technical exams
  • The level of Skills for Success required in the skilled trade and technology careers is as high or higher than it is for many other jobs.
  • Employers report that graduates are coming to their workplace with only 30% of the skills needed for the job
  • Canadians aged 16-24 rank below average in their literacy and numeracy skills compared to 23 other countries (OECD, 2012)
  • Skills for Success are linked to better performance, which then leads to better quality work, productivity, and retention.
  • In Canada, about 28% of your earnings is directly related to your Skills for Success

Having an employee with a higher level of the Skills for Success is much more valuable to potential employers because the individual will have:

  • the ability to work in a team setting
  • a greater aptitude in problem solving
  • better customer service skills
  • an ability to adapt to change
  • an advanced knowledge of numerical skills, including estimation, budgeting and calibrations
  • an attention to safety

Skills shortages remain a significant challenge for Canada. Our country supports initiatives that help ensure Canadians have the Skills for Success needed to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.


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