Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 14, 2009 12:00 ET

Northwest Alberta Youth Skills Competition Promotes Careers in Trades

PEACE RIVER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - Local youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about career opportunities in the trades and technology sectors thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is committed to helping young Canadians get the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Warkentin. "We're proud to support activities that encourage youth to undertake careers in skilled trades and technology."

Peace River School Division No. 10 will receive $25,370 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to coordinate and co-host the 2010 Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition. Regional competitions are designed to promote careers in skilled trades and technology and make them more visible and accessible to youth at the local level. Top performers at Regional Skills Canada Competitions will automatically earn a spot to compete at the Provincial Skills Canada Competition.

"Peace River School Division, Grand Prairie Regional College and other educational partners from the northwest region are very thankful for the funding received from the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program," said Mr. Aaron Lloyd, Administrator, Peace River School Division No. 10. "Trades and technology skills competitions are an excellent opportunity to showcase the talents and skills of our high school students."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

The Youth Awareness program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.


Peace River School Division No. 10 is a rural school division composed of small towns and communities in Northwest Alberta. Between November 30, 2009, and May 28, 2010, the organization will plan and coordinate the 2010 Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition, a trades and technology skills competition for high school students. The event will be held on April 23, 2010, in Fairview, Alberta, and will bring youth, educators and employers together to promote careers in the trades and technology sectors.

Established in 1992, Skills Canada Alberta is a not-for-profit provincial association that serves as a critical link between employers, educators, labour groups and government to reposition trade and technical careers as a first choice employment option for youth in Alberta. Skills Canada Alberta is proud to partner with local organizations and technical institutes across Alberta, such as Peace River School Division No. 10, to host the regional competitions.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office