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Saskatchewan Celebrates Skilled Trades and Technology Week

Released on November 7, 2017

Saskatchewan people are encouraged to explore and discover the opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies from November 5 until November 11, 2017.

The Government of Saskatchewan has declared this week as Skilled Trades and Technology Week, highlighted by an event on November 7.  The week will also be celebrated throughout Canada with National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.

“Skilled Trades and Technology Week plays an important role in highlighting the opportunities for careers in skilled trades,” Economy Minister Steven Bonk said.  “It will also celebrate the services provided by skilled tradespeople in Saskatchewan and encourage young people to pursue a career in this sector in their home province.”

“Throughout this week, we want to inform people and promote understanding of trades and technology careers,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan Chair and Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Chief Operating Officer Loreena Spilsted said.  “The skilled trades require strong math and science skills, the ability to think creatively and solve problems, good communication skills, and strong reasoning and analytical skills.  There are rewarding careers available in more than 40 designated trades.”

Schools are encouraged to participate in the week by organizing activities and try-a-trade events, and inviting speakers into their classrooms to discuss the benefits of apprenticeship and a career in the skilled trades.  For a full list of suggested school activities, visit the www.skillscanadasask.com homepage.

Teachers and students celebrating Skilled Trades and Technology Week can post photos of their activities to the Facebook pages of Skills Canada Saskatchewan at www.facebook.com/Skills-Canada-Saskatchewan-175881775791380/ and the SATCC at www.facebook.com/SaskApprenticeship/.  They are encouraged to use the hashtag #sttwsk17 when posting to social media.

“We all benefit from the legacy that skilled trades people have created in this province and it is our privilege to play a small role recognizing their important contribution,” Regina and District Industry Education Council (RIDEC) Executive Director Gord Heidel said.  “We would like to thank all of our partners who have been incredibly supportive of RDIEC programming over the years.  Their openness to mentor and provide learning opportunities for young people interested in the trades really models what apprenticeship is all about.  We would also like to thank the skilled trades unions who are opening up their facilities to host the events.”

For more information on Skilled Trades and Technology Week, including other events occurring throughout the week, please visit www.skillscanadasask.com.

For more information on apprenticeship and the skilled trades in Saskatchewan, please visit www.saskapprenticeship.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Julie Woldu
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0187
Email: julie.woldu@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-537-4692

Al Gabert
Skills Canada Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-480-9304
Email: alg@skillscanada.com

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