REGINA – The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 to be Skilled Trade and Technology Week across the province.
The week, supported by Skills Canada Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), is intended to raise awareness of careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors and aligns with National Skilled Trade and Technology Week proclaimed by Skills Canada, a provincial government release stated.
“Not only does this week highlight the diverse opportunities available in the skilled trade and technology sectors, but it also presents an opportunity to celebrate those already building successful careers in these fields,” provincial Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.
Skills Canada Saskatchewan will host a Skills for Success Forum Thursday, Nov. 3 for educators, parents and skilled trade employers to discuss how skills such as adaptability, collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation, digital, numeracy, problem solving and reading and writing help people thrive in the workplace, the release stated.
“We want students to recognize that their talents: creativity; problem solving; and working with their hands translate seamlessly to careers in the skilled trade and technology sectors. We also want them to understand that the skills they gain now will serve as a strong foundation for their future careers, which is why we’re promoting essential skills during the week,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan executive director Kevin Skauge said.
The provincial government encouraged educators to participate by inviting apprentices, journeypersons and other industry representatives to deliver presentations to students and facilitate hands on activities through Skills Canada Saskatchewan’s in-class challenge kits and possible student registration to the SATCC’s Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) program.
Students who participate in SYA complete 12 activities that enhance their understanding of apprenticeship and the skilled trades and those who register as apprentices in Saskatchewan within five years of program completion receive 300 trade hours, plus the waiver of their apprenticeship registration fee and Level 1 technical training tuition, the release said.