Ontario Construction News staff writer
Students from across Canada will have the opportunity to answer a 10 question quiz each day to earn points towards their personal leaderboards and for their school. These quizzes allow them to explore thousands of career options that they may not have been exposed to.
Schools and students will have the chance to win prizes and bursaries by participating in the fourth annual Let’s Talk Careers: Canada’s Most Informed School and Student Competition, a Canada-wide competition for career discovery. The competition will run in two rounds – one from Oct. 26 to Dec. 4, 2020 and the second from April 12 to May 26, 2021.
Early career awareness informs and shapes student attitudes and decisions about high school and post-secondary pathways. Skills/Compétences Canada says it will bring added focus on careers in skilled trades to this year’s competition. This competition will engage students in career discovery and guide them to match their passions and interests to post-secondary programs or direct to work options.
According to Employment and Social Development Canada, the demand for skilled tradespeople is expected to remain strong as our economy moves towards recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Between 2019 and 2028, about 700,000 skilled trade workers are also expected to retire. Meeting these demands will require the recruitment and training of thousands of additional skilled workers.
“Careers in the skilled trades and technologies continue to be in high demand across Canada, and they provide excellent career pathways for youth. The Let’s Talk Careers Competition is a great way to engage and inform tomorrow’s workforce on these careers while creating awareness of these incredible opportunities”, Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills/Compétences Canada, said in a statement.