OTTAWA — Around 300 students from Ottawa recently took part in hands-on Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities put on by 11 industry partners at Algonquin College as part of the Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) National Skilled Trades and Technology Week
This year's 'Essential Skill,' a release from the SCC states, highlighted the importance of numeracy competencies for skilled trades and technologies. Numeracy refers to the many forms of math skills which are essential in order to enter the skilled trades and technology field.
Foundational courses, including math, are critical to the success of individuals and Canada's position in terms of global competiveness.
"It is essential for Canadians to understand the vital role of skilled trades and technology in our society and its importance for our economy," stated SCC CEO Shaun Thorson. "Skilled trades and technology careers include electricians, plumbers, chefs, IT professionals, graphic designers, hairdressers, entrepreneurs of every stripe and so much more."
Speakers at this year's launch included Mike Holmes Jr. of Holmes Makes it Right and Mike's Ultimate Garage as well as Executive Chef Jonathan Korecki from Ottawa's 18 & SideDoor restaurants.
Jason Kenney, Canada's jobs minister, praised the focus of the annual National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.
"A career in the trades or technology not only offers rewarding work opportunities for individuals, it also contributes to Canada's competitive advantage in the global economy," he stated. "Congratulations to Skills/Compétences Canada for its key role in promoting careers in the trades and for such a successful National Trades and Technology Week."
After the launch, SCC and its member organizations hosted regional events throughout the week to continue to promote the skilled trades and technologies across Canada.