SOURCE: Skills Canada

Skills Canada

SOURCE: ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada

May 25, 2015 10:00 ET

Tune in on May 28th and 29th Live From the Skills Canada National Competition

ABC Life Literacy Canada and Skills Canada Will Be Broadcasting Live; Hear From Industry Leaders, Educational Experts and Competition Alumni About the Importance of the Nine Essential Skills

SASKATOON, SK--(Marketwired - May 25, 2015) - Every year, more than 550 young people from all regions of Canada attend the Skills Canada National Competition to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests. This year the theme for the competition is essential skills, with a spotlight on numeracy.

Essential skills are the building blocks for all other learning; they provide solutions for changes in business, health and safety concerns, paperwork completion and document-use challenges. Participants and spectators will see first hand how essential skills are key to a successful career in the skilled trades.

"We're thrilled to once again be partnering with Skills Canada for such an important event. The proportion of Canadians with below desired essential skills are staggering: 49% for literacy and 55% for numeracy. This means 6 in 10 Canadians do not have the essential skills they need to succeed," says Gillian Mason, President, ABC Life Literacy Canada. "Developing skills that employer's need, building a prosperous economy and creating jobs for Canadians are all anchored by a workforce with strong essential skills."

Research has demonstrated that investment in essential skills training in the workplace leads to better business outcomes. Essential skills training also creates opportunities for adults entering the workforce, or those mid-career, to build on their existing skills and to succeed in many areas of their lives.

"We value our partnership with ABC Life Literacy Canada and have once again come together to provide a live webcast from the Skills Canada National Competition floor as a platform to educate the general public on the importance of essential skills and their impact beyond the classroom," says Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills Canada. "It is increasingly important to bring awareness on the value of the nine essential skills as they directly affect Canada's economic growth."

The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete against each another at the national level, the Skills Canada National Competition offers hands-on work experience related to careers in the skilled trades.

ABC Life Literacy Canada, in partnership with Skills Canada, will be producing a broadcast live from the competition floor on May 28th and 29th. Hear from industry leaders, employers, educational experts and competition alumni about the importance of the nine essential skills. Watch the live webcast from the competition floor on May 28 and 29.

About ABC Life Literacy Canada
ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy and essential skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. In 2014 ABC launched an initiative to provide a solution to the urgent need for workplace literacy and essential skills training-UP ( UP's goal is to connect businesses seeking essential skills training for their employees with expert trainers who can provide just-right training for every need.

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About Skills Canada
Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills. For more information, visit or call 877-754-5226.

Contact Information

  • For media information, please contact:
    Stephanie Wells
    Manager, Communications
    ABC Life Literacy Canada
    Tel: 416 218-0010 x 122