The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed November 1-8 as Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan. The week promotes careers in the skilled trade and technology sectors, and is recognized alongside National Skilled Trades and Technology Week, proclaimed by the national body, Skills Compétences Canada.
This year, the week will also highlight the importance of mastering the ni
ne essential skills: continuous learning; digital; document use; numeracy; oral communication; reading; thinking; working with others; and writing. These skills are used in many jobs – including careers in the skilled trade and technology sectors – and in everyday life.
The provincial proclamation is supported by Skills Canada Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).
Skills Canada Saskatchewan is a provincial non-profit organization affiliated with Skills Compétences Canada. It promotes careers in the skilled trade and technology sectors to Saskatchewan’s youth – primarily by coordinating and hosting the provincial Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition every spring. Participants, typically high school students, apprentices and post-secondary students, compete for medals and a chance to represent Team Saskatchewan at the Skills Canada National Competition. At Skills Canada Nationals, participants compete to represent Canada at the World Skills competition, an international, Olympic-style event hosted at different locations around the world every two years.
“We promote the benefits of careers in the skilled trade and technology sectors year round,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan Executive Director Colin Phippard said. “This week gives us an additional opportunity to shine a spotlight on these careers. We also want to ensure students have a solid foundation for succeeding in these fields, which is why we’re highlighting the importance of essential skills.”
The SATCC administers Saskatchewan’s apprenticeship and trade certification system. The SATCC trains apprentices; certifies apprentices and tradespeople; regulates the apprenticeship system of training and promotes apprenticeship.
“The SATCC is proud to support the proclamation of Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan,” SATCC CEO Jeff Ritter said. “Skilled tradespeople perform innovative, meaningful work; careers in the skilled trades are first-choice careers and we aim to promote that.”
Educators are encouraged to engage in Skilled Trades and Technology Week – by inviting speakers from the skilled trade and technology sectors to present online to students; by encouraging students to attend virtual career fairs; and by facilitating class discussions about these career pathways.
To learn more about Skills Canada Saskatchewan, please visit www.skillscanadasask.com.
For more information about apprenticeship and the skilled trades, please visit www.saskapprenticeship.ca.
For more information, contact:
Skills Canada Saskatchewan
Email: [email protected]
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Email: [email protected]