Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 05, 2009 13:00 ET

Youth Encouraged to Explore Careers in Skilled Trades and Technology

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 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.

Ms. Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced federal support for the 2010 Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and the Thompson Rivers University Techno Expo.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Ms. McLeod. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. will receive $15,513 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize and promote the two events, which will help make careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors more visible and accessible for youth.

"These two events will give local youth the opportunity to participate in competitions that showcase their technical and leadership skills, and also raise their awareness of the fields of trades and technology," said Mr. Alan Green, President of A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. "The funding and support from the Government of Canada, Skills Canada, Thompson Rivers University, local unions and trades associations will go a long way in ensuring a great experience for all the participants."

The Youth Awareness program 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, call 1 800 O-Canada, go on the Internet at, or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

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Since 1978, A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. has been providing instruction, curriculum development and consultation services in the area of technical trades. Between October 28, 2009, and March 31, 2010, the organization will partner with employers, educators and labour groups to coordinate and promote the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and the Techno Expo. These activities will help reposition trade and technical careers as a first choice career option to youth. It is expected that 150 youth will participate in the competition, while another 250 will attend the expo.

The annual Cariboo Regional Skills Competition is held at Thompson Rivers University's School of Trades and Technology and gives youth the opportunity to participate in competitions that showcase their technical and leadership expertise. Competitions range from automotive service and carpentry, to Web design and hair dressing.

The Techno Expo is a partnership between Thompson Rivers University and local businesses and industries. Its objective is to show the community the new trends in trades and technology in order to help youth make informed career choices.

The federal Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, targets projects that respond to specific labour market requirements and adjustments over time, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Contact Information

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