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-Skills Canada NL Launches New Partnership -Partnership Appreciation Evening -Carve Out Your Future Event -Skills Work for Women Conference at Dietrac -Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge / Results -Farewell to Melissa

The seasonal newsletter from Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador FA LL 20 13

Skills Canada NL Launches Exciting Partnership

On November 7, Skills Canada NL launched an exciting new partnership with the NL Association of CBDCs to promote business ownership within skilled careers to the youth of Newfoundland and Labrador. The launch was held at Queen Elizabeth Regional High School, a local high school that is active in Skills Canada NL programming and a demonstrated leader in youth leadership. The official launch began with addresses from a special guest panel consisting of students, entrepreneurs, invited guests and partners. Three teams of high school students had the opportunity to relay their skilled-related business pitches to four successful moguls in a Dragons Den-style a deal with each business! It was quite an exciting afternoon for all in attendance! The main goal of this partnership is to develop a program that is dedicated to encouraging youth to consider skilled careers as a pathway to entrepreneurism and to provide young tradespersons and technologists the tools, expertise and knowledge to translate their skills into successful business ownership. Skills Canada NL and the NL Association of CBDCs are excited to promote their new skilled competition called The CBDC Pitch where intermediate and secondary students across the province are able to pitch a skilled related business idea in the Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge and Provincial Competitions.

Our Dragons in the Dragons Den Simulation called the Pioneer Pitch

simulation. The dragons are all successful entrepreneurs from Newfoundland and Labrador who own businesses within the province and across Canada. Ron Ellsworth, Dana Metcalfe, Jonathan Connors and Claire MillerMurphy all provided excellent insight to the students pitching their business idea and even made

Volunteers Who Rock Around the Clock

Every year, Skills Canada NL hosts a Partners Appreciation Evening to say thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and partners for their efforts and time given throughout the year. On October 5, Skills Canada NL organized a 50s SockHop at Hotel Mount Pearl and it was quite the hit! Complete with classic cars, yummy diner food and a live 50s band, this event was a boppin good time! Some great prizes were given away for best 50s attire and dance moves and everybody got into the swing of things! Skills Canada NL would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers and partners for the fantastic work they do throughout the year. You rock!!

Some of our lovely volunteers enjoying their meal in the diner

Everybody enjoyed getting their picture taken in front of the 50s car


Carve Out Your Future

Over 900 intermediate students from the St. Johns, Mount Pearl and Conception Bay South area had a spooktacular time at Skills Canada NLs first-ever Carve Out Your Future event, held in partnership with Carpenters Millwrights College and graciously sponsored by FMC Technologies on October 30. This Halloween inspired event was designed to promote skilled trades and technologies to grade nine students who will soon be entering secondary school. This event was divided into a two part day. Participants began at the Paradise Community Centre and had an opportunity to speak with Skills Canada National & Provincial Competition winners, explore the career showcase and engage in games directly related to skilled careers. Each student also had the opportunity to explore hands-on Try-A-Trade demonstrations in Carpentry, Millwright, Scaffolding and Safety at Carpenters Millwrights College. This portion of the day allowed participants to handle tools used in various trade & technology areas and to test their abilities on a sample project. In many cases, participants have never worked with such equipment before. Skills Canada NL offers ample programming and events to address the ongoing skills shortage and encourages youth within the province to consider skilled trades and technologies as careers. Weve had an overwhelming response from schools who wished to participate in this new event, which is a clear indication that our youth are interested in skilled careers and that the community is willing to support them, says Skills Canada NL Executive Director Carole Ann Ryan. We are delighted to have p a r tn er e d w it h C a r p e n t e rs Millwrights College and FMC Technologies to offer this exciting opportunity to our students.

Skills Canada Alumni talk to intermediate students about different competition areas

Skills Work for Women

On November 13, over 50 girls from the Lewisporte area attended a Skills Work for Women conference at Dietrac Technical Institute and had the opportunity to explore hands-on Try-A-Trade demonstrations and speak with female mentors who are currently employed in skilled related fields. This was the first time that Skills Canada NL partnered with Dietrac Technical Institute so the day was extra special! Participants had the opportunity to try their hand at projects in Carpentry, Welding, Millwright, Construction/Industrial Electrician, Heavy Duty Equipment Operating, Powerline Technician and Steamfitter/Pipefitter. The young women also had the chance to enjoy a lively discussion with female mentors currently working or studying fields of skilled trade areas. Mentors at this conference brought perspective to female students by explaining why they chose the career they did and the challenges and successes they experienced in a male-dominated work environment. It was a wonderful day that provided valuable insight to these young women regarding potential careers in the skilled trade sector. Skills Work for Women Conferences have received glowing reviews since their inception in 2001. Women make up a very small percentage of those employed in skilled trades and technologies and this scarcity exemplifies the untapped workforce that exists in Canadian female population. It is the intention of these conferences to invite young women to explore different career options available in the trade and technology sector that are waiting to be filled. By showing young females employment areas that they may have not otherwise considered, Skills Canada NL is ensuring Canadas continued economic prosperity. Skills Work for Women are proudly sponsored by the Provincial Governments Department of Education.

SWFW Participant inside the Dietrac workshop

Participants and mentors taking a photo after the mentoring session




Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge

Skills Canada NL celebrated its 11th Annual Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge in partnership with F.I.R.S.T Lego League Robotics on November 23 at Mount Pearl Intermediate. Nearly 250 intermediate students from across Newfoundland and Labrador competed in 13 competition areas in hopes of receiving a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal. The day was quite the success as volunteers delivered nine hands-on Try-A-Trade demonstrations in fields such as Automotive Service, Carpentry and Cooking. The event concluded with a fantastic Awards Ceremony (which was also live streamed for friends and family who were unable to attend!) where Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to the top winners. Throughout its eleven year history, the Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge has demonstrated its value as an ideal opportunity to expose young people to careers in skilled trades and technologies, said John Oates, President of Skills Canada NL and Vice President of Skills/Comptences Canada. We take great pride in how the Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge provides youth with a large range of options to inform their decisions on course selection and career planning before they even enter high school. Gold medal winners in most competitions will have the opportunity to compete against secondary students in the Skills Canada Provincial Competition this spring.

Liam and Alex Edwards from Mount Pearl Intermediate won a Bronze medal in the TV Video Production Competition

Shauna and Brianna from Frank Roberts Junior High competed in the CBDC Pitch Competition with their Kids Kakes business idea

The Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners from the this years 11th Annual Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge

JOB SEARCH Gold: Hayley Morriarity, Holy Spirit High School Silver: Caitlyn Coles, Villanova Junior High Bronze: Kelsey Smith, Frank Roberts Junior High JOB SKILL DEMONSTRATION Gold: Emma Jacobs, Frank Roberts Junior High Silver: Ryan Elms, Villanova Junior High Bronze: Noah Knee, Villanova Junior High WORK PLACE SAFETY Gold: Megan Coles, Villanova Junior High Silver: Katie Currie, Frank Roberts Junior High Bronze: Steven Myles, E.G. Lambert School WIND TURBINE CHALLENGE Gold: Niko Mathioudakis & Aidan Warren, Beaconsfield Junior High Silver: Dylan Boland & Andrew Pottle, Villanova Junior High Bronze: Alejandra Garcia & Sara Ismail, Immaculate Heart of Mary F.I.R.S.T LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS Gold: Villanova Junior High Silver: Clarenville Middle School Team #2 Bronze: Immaculate Heart of Mary School PUBLIC SPEAKING Gold: Elizabeth Blake, Villanova Junior High Silver: Emily Rowe, Frank Roberts Junior High Bronze: Bronwyn Keough, Holy Spirit High School SKILL BITS

GRAPHIC DESIGN Gold: Casey James, Beaconsfield Junior High Silver: Jakeria Rideout, Holy Spirit High School Bronze: Sierra Childs, Villanova Junior High WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT Gold: Robert Coffey, Mount Pearl Intermediate Silver: Erin Kenney, Villanova Junior High Bronze: Matthew Fillier, Holy Spirit High School CBDC PITCH Gold: Leah Hewitt, Villanova Junior High Silver: Kyle Olmstead, Holy Spirit High School Bronze: Noah ONeil, Mount Pearl Intermediate TV VIDEO PRODUCTION (Team of 2) Gold: Allyson Dawe & Emily Howe, Holy Spirit High School Silver: Meghan Gregory & Lauren Butler, Frank Roberts Junior High Bronze: Liam and Alex Edwards, Mount Pearl Intermediate IT SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESS Gold: Ian Brake, Holy Spirit High School Silver: Liam Warren, Beaconsfield Junior High Bronze: Noel Crotty Upshall, Villanova Junior High 3D COMPUTER ANIMATION (Team of 2) Gold: Keagan Dalley & Hayley Martin, Villanova Junior High Silver: Nick Butler & Caleb Curtis, Amalgamated Academy 2D COMPUTER ANIMATION (Team of 2) Gold: Joseph Coffin & Christan Barrett, Mount Pearl Intermediate Silver: Riley Yetman & Andrew Lawrence, Villanova Junior High Bronze: Molly Madigan and Rory Cody, Brother Rice Junior High

Farewell, Melissa
The staff at Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador would like to extend best wishes for our dear friend and former Skills Canada NL staff member, Melissa Halford, who will soon embark on an exciting journey to Plattsburgh, New York with her family. Melissa joined the Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador team in November of 2010 as the Project Manager for Marketing and Communications and she has done phenomenal work for the organization! She will truly be missed by everyone in the Skills Canada family and we wish her the very best!


Melissa, and her beautiful daughter, Violet, at the Office Decorating Christmas Party


Carole Ann Ryan Executive Director

Deanne Oliver Project ManagerLogistics & Equity

Brad Kelly Program Coordinator

Jess Baldwin
Communications & Partnerships Coordinator

Skills Canada NL 75 Barbour Drive (2nd Floor) Mount Pearl, NL A1N 2X3
Phone: (709) 739-4172 Fax: (709) 739-4198

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