Skills/Competences Canada Partners host fun and interesting activities at National Skilled Trade and Technology Week Launch!

On Tuesday, November 5th, 300 eighth grade students from various GTA schools converged at Centennial College to learn about and experience hands-on activities at the launch of the 2013 Skilled Trades and Technology Week.

The day began with inspirational keynote addresses from such speakers as Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney; Centennial President and CEO Ann Buller; SCC President Donavan Elliot; Shaun Scott, Vice Chair, Skills Canada Ontario and HR Director, Linamar Corporation; SCC Alumni and Professor at Centennial College Daniel Chudy; Canada’s ToolGirl Mag Ruffman; Mike Holmes Jr. and Sherry Holmes.

Students then broke into groups to attend a variety of hands-on labs hosted by Centennial College that included Heavy Equipment, Motorcycle and Power Sport and Automotive Painting.

In addition, several SCC partners hosted Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities in Centennial’s airplane hangar. Dermalogica gave tutorials and demonstrations on proper skin care. Mike Jr. was a good sport in allowing sister Sherry to do a Pari Beauty airbrush makeover on him. Cimetrix Solutions demonstrated what their 3D printer is capable of. Festo showed students how to build a fully automated circuit on their training equipment. Let’s Talk Science had students identify, measure and mix simple chemicals. Black & Decker and Lowe’s demonstrated what construction and renovation is all about: drilling, mudding, taping, and painting drywall. And finally, In-House Solutions were on-site to teach students how to use their Metrology measuring arm.

All the above activities tied-in with this year’s theme: Essential Skills. Students were required to list which of the nine Essential Skills applied to the activity they participated in, and their passports were submitted for a draw to win a mini iPad.

This successful event helped raise awareness of the various career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology to teachers, youth and volunteers. It also helped meet SCC’s long-term goal of creating an annual week of celebration of skilled trade and technology careers and to highlight those that pursue these paths for themselves.