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Skills Nunavut's 2018 AGM is October 10th!

It is that time of year again! Skills Canada Nunavut is seeking board members from across the territory who have an interest in working with youth and are able to volunteer throughout the year at trades activities, competition events, and fundraising initiatives. A background in education and/or a skilled trades and technology-related field, and knowledge of Inuktut would be considered an asset. This is an innovative organization that is connected to Skills Canada, a national organization that provides trades/technology opportunities to youth across Canada, through global initiatives.

Please submit a statement of intent and current resume by September 28th to:

janisd@skillscanada.com 867-979-5281 x 1411

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Schools Out but our Skills jr Carpenters are In Action!

Skills Canada Nunavut is proud to offer Skills Summer Trades Camps this year, for students aged 12-14 in Iqaluit throughout the entire month of July. Funded by the Department of Family Services, Skills Canada Nunavut is excited to able to provide free summer programs as a way to expose youth to a variety of trades and technology careers, showing them first hand that the trades are made up of fun and engaging projects to do. Exposing youth to the excitement of trades before they hit high school could inspire future career choices- right here in their community.

The Skills Summer Trades Camps began with Carpentry. For two full weeks, students were tasked to build three outdoor playhouses (small cabins) under the direction of New Brunswick Community College instructor and Skills Canada National Technical Committee Member, Steve Austin. Students came into the program with little to no carpentry knowledge. They worked in teams of two and three to build each structure, while learning the foundations of carpentry and workplace safety every step of the way. After just a few hours, the campers were not only making quick progress on their projects, they were also learning that working with their hands to build something tangible can be rewarding, and a lot of fun!

The Skills Summer Carpentry Camp ran daily from July 3-13 at the workshop at Inuksuk High School. Since the weather in Iqaluit was so warm and beautiful, the students were working with the garage doors open to allow airflow. Skills Nunavut staff was worried the students would feel like they were missing out on the sunshine, but many of them even opted to come in on a Saturday to get an extra day of building done! Once they got started, they didn't want to stop. 

Not only did our carpentry campers benefit from the professional carpentry training, they also had trades math classes and employability skills workshops a few times a week with Skills Nunavut alumnus, Katie Devereaux; Katie competed for Nunavut in Job Search in Saskatoon and has lots of tips to share. While the youth were giving their hands and feet a break, the students got to type up their resumes, learn how to ask and answer formal interview questions, and craft their own professional cover letters. Each student got to experience the process of applying for a job- in this case a mock position of a Junior Carpenter- and then sit through an interview with Katie. Every one of them was qualified for the job!

At the beginning of the two weeks, the students were not sure if they would be able to complete their cabins. However, as they witnessed their new skills in action, they were motivated to finish the cabins by the end of camp. And they did, with big smiles on their faces. The trades and technologies really are perfect activities for youth: They provide a challenge, give youth an opportunity to problem solve and make decisions, have fun while being focused on a goal, and most importantly, trades like carpentry give youth self-confidence when they see the end result of all their hard work! All of our skilled campers were stoked to see their completed cabins and show their families. Stay tuned for the Skills Canada Nunavut cabin raffle!

Up next...Skills Summer Hairstyling Camp runs July 16-27!

it's National Skilled Trades and Technology Week #NSTTW

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This week, November 5-11, is National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (#NSTTW)! Skills Nunavut will be joining Skills Canada and its members across the country in celebration by hosting free after school and lunchtime workshops and activities for youth designed to get them inspired by, and thinking of, the skilled trades as exciting, viable options for their futures. We will be partnering with professionals from our communities and leading a variety of different skills, including baking demonstrations, electrical snap circuits building, makeup tutorials, construction projects and much more!

It is clear that skilled trades and technology careers are important for our economy and an excellent career path for many young Nunavummiut. Yet many youth in the territory do not know what trade careers look like and lack the opportunities to try them out and pursue them long-term. This week of events and festivities is dedicated to raising awareness into the array of career options available in our communities, as well as the value in having a hands-on career.

We kicked off Nationals Skilled Trades and Technology Week on Sunday, November 5 at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit. Skills Nunavut alumna and now National Technical Committee representative for Baking, Eliane Kanayuk-Gabriel, teamed up with local culinary arts experts to lead a six hour intensive cooking and baking workshop for keen high school students. The festivities will continue on November 7-8 when Skills Nunavut takes over the high school and middle school for Skills Try-A-Trade Extravaganza! On Friday, November 10th, there will be a free aesthetics workshop for students interested in learning theatrical and costume makeup application. 

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Pasta Making

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We invite you to follow along using #NSTTW and share your own stories and photos showcasing how your life benefits from the skilled and technologies. Wherever you are in the territory, skilled trades and technology workers are crucial to our daily lives. Encourage your yourself, your children or friends to participate in Skills Clubs throughout the year in communities across Nunavut.  It's never to late to try something to and get involved in the skilled and technologies, from baking your own bread to learning to fix your Skidoo, you too can join #NSTTW right now!

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Buns from scratch

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2017 Was Our Biggest Year Yet!

Now that another new school year is underway and Skills Clubs across Nunavut are up and running, Skills Canada Nunavut is reflecting on what an amazing year we just had! We have steadily been growing each year in both the amount of programs offered across the territory and in the number of competitors attending the Territorial Skills Competition, meaning that more and more students are getting exposure to opportunities in trades and technologies.

At the most recent Territorial Skills Competition in April, we had competitions in 17 different trades, technology and employability skills areas and over seventy competitors from all three regions. We had the highest number of post-secondary apprentices registered for competition: Plumbing, Hairstyling and two for Electrical Installations. This was the second year we were able to host the Outdoor Engine Repair competition in Iqaluit, meaning that all competitions, with the exception of Plumbing were held on-site. Following the success of the 2016 Skills Competition, holding the Territorials on the weekend and allowing the students to have a full day of training prior to the competition day was invaluable and greatly improved the morale and performance of the competitors.

Shia Strowbridge of Iqaluit presents at the National Competition in Job Demonstration

Shia Strowbridge of Iqaluit presents at the National Competition in Job Demonstration

Team Nunavut was made up of a total of 17 gold medalists from the Territorial Skills Competition and 8 student delegates, who were part of the Iqaluit Robotics team. The National Skills Competition was held in Winnipeg, MB from May 31-June 3 and once again we had competitors from all three regions of Nunavut. There are over forty trades and technology competitions at Nationals, as well as interactive Try-A-Trade stations, live-demonstrations and massive Trade Show, so this was a huge eye-opening experience for Nunavut competitors. Team Nunavut had competitors in 14 different competition and send three apprentices, our highest number yet. Team Nunauvt had a very strong finish following the two full days of competition. Nunavut won a bronze medal in post-secondary Electrical Installation and a bronze medal in Job Demonstration: Aesthetics.

Team Nunavut at the National Skills Competition in Winnipeg, MB.

Team Nunavut at the National Skills Competition in Winnipeg, MB.

Team Nunavut 2017:

Baking- Hayley Takolik, Taloyoak
Cabinetmaking- Sam Kuluguqtuq, Iqaluit
Cooking- Andrew Clark, Iqaluit
Electrical Installations (post-sec)- Kimberly Smith BRONZE
Graphic Design- Natalie Maerzluft, Iqaluit
Hairstyling (secondary)- Jessica Eccles, Rankin Inlet
Hairystling (post-sec)- Desire Autut, Rankin Inlet
Job Demonstration- Shia Strowbridge BRONZE
Job Search- Abigail Atienza, Iqaluit
Outdoor Engine Repair- Michaelangelo Kunnuk, Pond Inlet
Photography-Damaris Nutarasungnik, Arviat
Plumbing (post-sec)- Bengamin Kusugak, Arviat
Public Speaking- Chidinma Umenwofor-Nweze, Iqaluit
Video Production- Ethan Tassiuk & Kevin Mikiyungiak, Arviat
Workplace Safety- Carter Lear, Cambridge Bay
Robotics- Hayden Ahle & David Aglukark, Iqaluit

Congratulations to all our competitors and big THANK YOU to all the participants, volunteer leaders, and sponsors who helped make 2016-17 an amazing year for Skills Canada Nunavut. Now...let's make 2017-18 even better!