NSTTW 2014 delights students with an Array of Trades & Technologies

November 3rd to the 10th marked National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW).

Across Canada, events were held to promote skilled trades and technology careers to youth, with an emphasis on the importance of numeracy as one of the 9 Essential Skills, in a young person’s career path. Skills/Compétences Canada’s Member Organizations hosted many hands-on activities and in-school presentations throughout the week.

Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) took part in a special launch event at Algonquin College, in the National Capital Region, where over 300 high school students, their teachers, Algonquin faculty, industry leaders and the media gathered to discuss the opportunities that exist in the skilled trades and technology sectors. Special guests, including Mike Holmes Junior, star of the hit shows Holmes Makes it Right and Mike’s Ultimate Garage, on HGTV and Chef Jonathan Korecki, Executive Chef, SideDoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar & Restaurant 18 and former contestant on Top Chef Canada, were also present to help launch this special week of activities.

A contest was held for participating students at the launch whereby they completed a checklist listing the 16 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities and labs, and identified the numeracy skills represented in each activity. A random draw was held following the event and the lucky winner of an iPad mini is Shaunassey Viero from Merivale High School. Congratulations!

SCC would like to thank the many Member Organizations that hosted events and everyone who participated in the launch. SCC extends a special thank you to Skills Canada Ontario for their outreach to schools resulting in such high participation. This week allows SCC to bring careers in the skilled trades and technology to the forefront for the participating students across Canada.

View NSTTW launch event pictures taken on November 4th at Algonquin College.