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Alberta Carpenters’ Union to sponsor Skills Canada competition

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Alberta Carpenters’ Union to sponsor Skills Canada competition

EDMONTON — The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers has partnered with Skills Canada to support the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) June 4 and 5 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.

The Carpenters’ will be sponsoring the Launch Pad at the SCNC, which is an area where students are introduced to the competition through a youth focused, audio-visual experience that leads them to a career exploration event, states a release. The competition is an opportunity for youth to discover the career options available to them in the construction and manufacturing sectors and raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers.

“With Alberta’s economy rebounding and diversifying, we want to ensure that young people know that a career with the union is a great way to make a good living,” said Derrick Schulte, executive secretary-treasurer of the Alberta Carpenters.’ in a statement.

The 2018 SCNC will bring together representatives from industry, government and labour, along with educators and youth. More than 550 secondary and post-secondary students will compete for the title of national champion in more than 40 skilled trades and technology contest areas. In addition, there will be over 50 interactive “Try-A-Trade and Technology” activities that will give the 7,500 visiting students the opportunity to learn about these careers, the release indicates.

“The Skills Canada National Competition highlights the many skills that are needed to work in the constantly evolving job market including strong technical, communication and digital skills,” said Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills Canada, in a statement. “It is because of partnerships like these that we can continue to provide relevant skilled trade and technology sector experiences to the next generation of workers.”

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