Skills/Compétences Canada Celebrates 19th National Skilled Trade and Technology Week
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) recently hosted the 19th National Skilled Trade and Technology Week (NSTTW) at John F. Kennedy High School and John F. Kennedy Adult Education Centre in Montréal, QC. The event aimed to raise awareness among students and educators about the numerous career opportunities available in skilled trades and technology across Canada. The week-long celebration included various activities and workshops where approximately 400 students from local schools had the chance to try their hand at different trades and technologies, such as cooking, welding, and car painting. The event also emphasized the importance of reading as a fundamental skill for success in these industries. With an estimated 700,000 skilled trade workers expected to retire between 2019 and 2028, events like NSTTW play a vital role in promoting these rewarding career pathways to the future workforce. SCC's provincial/territorial Member Organizations across the country will also be hosting their own events to further promote skilled trade and technology activities in Canada.
The Impact of National Skilled Trade and Technology Week on New Businesses
The 19th National Skilled Trade and Technology Week (NSTTW), hosted by Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), could have a profound impact on new businesses, particularly those in the skilled trades and technology sectors. This event, which aims to raise awareness about the myriad of career opportunities in these fields, is a vital tool in promoting these industries to the future workforce.
Addressing the Skills Gap
With an estimated 700,000 skilled trade workers set to retire between 2019 and 2028, new businesses in these sectors could face significant challenges in finding qualified staff. Events like NSTTW are crucial in addressing this skills gap, by encouraging students to consider careers in these areas.
Creating a Pipeline of Talent
Through activities and workshops, NSTTW provides students with hands-on experience in various trades and technologies. This not only helps to spark interest in these fields, but also gives students a taste of the skills required, potentially creating a pipeline of future talent for new businesses.
Emphasizing Essential Skills
By highlighting the importance of reading as a fundamental skill for success in these industries, NSTTW also helps to ensure that the future workforce is equipped with the essential skills needed to thrive in these sectors. This could be particularly beneficial for new businesses, which often rely heavily on the skills and expertise of their staff to succeed.