Skills Canada Manitoba creates excitement in trades

Skills Canada Manitoba tests people on their trade skills.
Skills Canada Manitoba tests people on their trade skills.

Skills Canada Manitoba works with employers, educators, labour groups, and governments to reposition skilled trades and technology careers as a first choice career option for Manitoba youth.
The Skills organization guides students toward available opportunities in skilled trades and technology through events and programs like the provincial Skills Competition. Skills Canada Manitoba and its partners in business, industry, labour, education and government, are helping to secure Canada’s future skilled workforce.
Skills Canada Manitoba is a unique non-profit organization, with a very strong volunteer base of 400 industry and education professionals dedicated to educating today’s youth through skills development.
The demand and interest for our programs across Manitoba has grown considerably, in part due to our excellent reputation in being a trades career awareness program. Schools are now depending on us to provide the desperately needed career awareness programs. Teachers and guidance counselors value what we do and depend on us to provide the programs.
Skills Canada Manitoba is a leader in number and diversity of programs promoting skilled trades and technology careers with young people. We currently run 19 programs and events across the province of Manitoba. Among the most popular are the provincial Skills Competition, the Young Women’s Conferences and the In School Program.
The Skills Manitoba Competition is an annual signature event where over 500 secondary or post-secondary students and apprentices from across Manitoba compete in over 40 trades and technology areas.
The winners go on to the Skills Canada National Competition, and every two years, some of the Skills Canada winners go on to the World Skills Competition.
We also host seven Young Women’s Conferences in Winnipeg, Brandon, The Pas, Dauphin, Thompson, and Flin Flon, which introduce Grade 8 girls to female mentors working in non-traditional trades.
The Skilled Trades & Technology Showcases expose students to the vast array of skilled trades and technology careers available to them. The Youth in Manufacturing, Cardboard Boat Race, Extreme Sledding and Model Wind Turbine Competition are targeted to promoting the benefits of skilled trades and technologies.
The In School Program, the new flagship for Skills Manitoba, is a creative and interactive skilled trades presentation designed to expose young people to exciting skilled trades and technology careers for the 21st century.
For the first time, Skills Manitoba has a Northern Manitoba employee based out of The Pas and is providing programming for Northern Manitoba in Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, Cranberry, Swan River, and more.
She will be going classroom to classroom in all schools, including First Nations schools, with the ever popular In School Presentation. We have also added two new programs for Young Men in Flin Flon and Thompson.
Careers in trades and technology are in great demand in Manitoba. The sheer number of mega-projects currently underway or planned for the province is just one indication of job growth in the trades – particularly for workers and managers in construction and manufacturing.
With many of the skilled trade worker shortages, Skills Canada Manitoba highlights and promotes respect and value of skilled trades and technology careers.
Engaging students earlier in the public school system in considering trade occupations is necessary to significantly increase participation in the trades.
-Skills Canada Manitoba

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