How to Start a skills club

Got skills to share? Want to learn a new skill alongside your students? Skills Clubs are extra- curricular programs run by teachers, volunteers, and community professionals designed to expose youth to a variety of skilled trades that are not offered in school. Skills Canada Nunavut provides guidance, resources and funding to get Skills Clubs running in any high school across the territory.

Carpentry Club, Cambridge Bay

Carpentry Club, Cambridge Bay

Decide what you'd like to teach. 

If you're not sure, ask your students what they'd like to learn! There are competitions in the following areas:

  • Aesthetics
  • Baking
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Cooking
  • Cultural Sewing (Northern Fashions)
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Fashion Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Hairstyling
  • IT Software and Business Administration
  • Job Search
  • Job Skill Demonstration
  • Photography
  • Public Speaking
  • Robotics
  • Small Engine Repair (Outdoor-Power and Recreation equipment)
  • TV/Video Production
  • Workplace Safety
  • Other trades/technology areas must first be approved by Skills Nunavut

Register your Skills Club

Contact Skills Canada Nunavut and let us know about your interest. If there are multiple teachers at your school starting clubs, select who will be the main contact person. Once registered, you are ready to start recruiting students and accessing funding. Contact us for all the forms you'll need to get started!

Suzanne Laliberte gives the first lesson in dying hair

Suzanne Laliberte gives the first lesson in dying hair

Have your first meeting

Meet with your students and figure out when and where your club will run, and how often you’d like to meet to achieve goals and what topics you'd like to cover. Make sure all students fill in a Skills Clubs registration form, signed by their parents.

Film Production teams from Arviat and Taloyoak rummage for costumes and props for their projects.

Film Production teams from Arviat and Taloyoak rummage for costumes and props for their projects.

Outfit your Skills Clubs with supplies 

Skills Canada Nunavut wants to ensure that your club as enough equipment to operate effectively. Need a camera for your Photography Club or ingredients for your Baking Club? Not a problem. We will supplies ship to you or reimburse you!







Promote and share your Skills Club!

Now that your Skills Club is ready to go, track your students’ participation. Keep in touch with Skills Canada Nunavut by sending us updates. We love to promote our Skills Clubs and put photos and videos online for the country to see what we’re doing in Nunavut! Encourage local professionals in your community and other teachers to join the fun start Skills Clubs too.



Competition Time!

Skills Club students may be eligible to compete at the Territorial Skills Competition in Iqaluit! Contest descriptions will be posted every year in January. Check it out!