Good luck Team Canada!

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Good luck Team Canada!

October 4, 2011

In light of two big events this month, I’ve decided to dedicate October to the trades!

It starts out this week, October 5 to 8, with the 41st WorldSkills Competition in London, England, where young people from around the world will compete to be crowned the best in their chosen skill.

34 young Canadians will be competing in London, England, over the course of the four-day event. Their skills lie in all kinds of trades, such as carpentry, hairdressing, landscaping, and robotics, just to name a few. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be profiling some of these amazing young Canadians who are excelling in their trades. We’ll find out what motivates them, how they found their passion, and what they love about their trade.

Then, starting October 31, Skills Canada is hosting events for Skilled Trades Week to raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers with parents, youth, and the general public. Skilled Trades Week will see many events happening across the country, in an effort to give young Canadians a peek into what career options are available in the trades. With many trades-people expected to retire in the coming years, the number of career opportunities is on the rise!

Did you know that the Government of Canada provides up to $4,000 in grants to registered apprentices? The money can be put towards any number of things, such as tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses. Find out if you’re eligible for an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant or an Apprenticeship Completion Grant.

Check back every week this month for more information on careers in the trades, and to meet some young Canadians with an abundance of talent!

Derek