OTTAWA, March 6, 2015 /CNW/ – Yesterday, Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), together with the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada and Minister for Democratic Reform, the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, and HGTV star, Mike Holmes Jr., announced the official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015. The 29-member team represents the country’s best youth in skilled trades and technologies. They will compete in Brazil this August at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, in São Paulo. This Competition represents the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technologies.
The competitors named to WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 – all under 23 years of age and coming from different regions from across the country – rose to the top of the Skills Canada National Competition and completed the final step of qualification for the international team through the WorldSkills Canadian Trials, meeting pre-established Canadian standards in their respective fields. In Brazil, they will go up against more than 1,000 competitors from 72 WorldSkills Member countries/regions, further testing their skills against international competency standards.
Minister Poilievre congratulated the competitors and wished them well in Brazil on behalf of the Government ofCanada.
“We need young people like you, who excel in your field, to bring your talent to the workforce. I really hope that other young Canadians will look to all of you and think, “I can do that too!” You are an inspiration to your peers, and to the rest of us as well. This is why our Government is helping young people pursue careers in the skilled trades through additional tax credits, grants, training programs and the new Canada Apprentice Loan,” he said.
The Government of Canada supports WorldSkills Team Canada 2015.
“The Team Canada competitors are the best of their generation in this country in skilled trades and technologies,” says Shaun Thorson, CEO of SCC. “They also represent Canada’s future potential. Professional education and training are the most important tools we can leverage in maintaining a strong and vibrant Canadian economy.”
“These young Canadians are today’s leaders for tomorrow’s prosperity,” says Thorson.
Mike Holmes Jr., star of HGTV and an advocate of skilled trades, technologies and entrepreneurship, added these words of encouragement to the group of competitors. “Look at this team – I am blown away by the number of young leaders standing with me in this room,” says Holmes. “You are not just youth involved in skilled trades; you are sector trailblazers, industry mentors and champions in building momentum for more young entrepreneurial Canadians to reach for career excellence.”
WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 will compete from August 11 to 16 in Anhembi Park in São Paulo, Brazil, in front of a crowd of over 200,000 spectators, which includes students, teachers and industry experts. Team Canada will not only compete, they will spark dialogue on further improving quality and access to vocational training and generate new ideas to inspire youth to consider technical careers.
“I know they will make us proud in Brazil,” says Holmes. “They already have here at home.”
Canadians can get more information on Team Canada by following the Twitter conversation at #WSTC2015 and by following SCC’s Facebook page. Biographies of all 29 WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 competitors will be available shortly at www.skillscompetencescanada.com. An official group photo of the team will be posted on March 6 onFlickr.
Here are the official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015:
Mechanical Engineering Design CAD
Rocky View County
Plumbing and Heating
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
IT – Network Systems Administration
Graphic Design Technology
Industrial Mechanics Millwright
Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
About Skills Canada – Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, notforprofit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securingCanada’s future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills. For more information, visit www.skillscanada.com or call 877-754-5226.
SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada
Image with caption: “The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada and Minister for Democratic Reform, John Oates, President of Skills/Compétences Canada and Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada attended a reception to congratulate the official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015. (CNW Group/Skills/Compétences Canada)”. Image available at:http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150306_C6235_PHOTO_EN_12900.jpg
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