National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2020

National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) will take place from November 1 to November 8, 2020. 

What is National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW)?

NSTTW is a key date in the annual Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) calendar. The goal of this week-long event is to promote and host awareness raising events around the many career opportunities in skilled trades and technology in Canada. During NSTTW organizations from across Canada get involved with SCC in a “hands-on” way to promote skilled trades and technology careers to youth, parents and the public.

Why is it happening?

It is clear that skilled trade and technology careers are important for our economy and an excellent career path for many young Canadians. Yet many Canadians either do not know what trade careers look like or what they entail. This week of events and information is dedicated to raise awareness through insight into the career options available.

Skills/Compétences Canada’s plan is to work with its member organizations and partners to facilitate and host skilled trades and technology activities in regions across Canada, to engage business and political leaders in discussions about the importance of these careers for our country, to focus media attention on these careers and to highlight those individuals that pursued these paths themselves.


  • Get Canada’s youth thinking about skilled trade and technology careers as a viable, interesting option.
  • Get Canada’s youth to engage in projects/experiences involving skilled trades and technology, fostering conversations between industries, teachers and students.
  • To engage with industry thought leaders and political decision makers creating a dialogue focused on the importance of encouraging uptake in skilled trades and technology careers to ensure that Canada remains at the forefront of competitive advantage in global economies.

National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2019

Throughout National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2019, Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador (SCNL) delivered experiential programs and activities to youth, students and apprentices in the province. SCNL hosted Skilled Futures workshop in Technology, the Enter:Preneur Dragon’s Lair Provincial, Vale In-School Presentations, Essential Skills activities throughout the week to primary and high schools, and an Alumni Association Give-Back event at Ronald McDonald House.

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 4th

Official Launch of Skilled Futures & Skilled Futures event in Technology  – College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive. Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador (SCNL) will be officially launching it's new Skilled Futures program during the opening day of NSTTW 2019 at College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive. With support from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Skilled Futures encourages students to participate hands-on in a wide variety of career areas through a series of interactive workshops that pair students with mentors and skilled industry professionals.

Following the media launch, 26 students from Gonzaga High School will be invited to participate in a Skilled Futures workshop held on campus that aims to highlight careers in Video Game Art & Design through direct engagement with College of the North Atlantic’s students, graduates, and skilled instructors. The workshop will include a career information session, and industry guest panel, and a hands-on technology workshop where students will have the chance to participate in skill-building activities relating to the field of video game art and design.

Tuesday, November 5th

Essential Skills Primary Day – St. Edward’s Elementary, St. John’s. Students will be taking part in engaging Essential Skills activities and working on skilled trade and technology theme work booklets to celebrate NSTTW 2019.

Wednesday, November 6th

Essential Skills Challenges for high school students – Waterford Valley High, St. John’s. SCNL will be engaging secondary students with Essential Skills Challenges, PowerPoint, and educational activities to celebrate NSTTW 2019.

Thursday, November 7th

Annual Dragons’ Lair Provincial - Junior high and high school teams from across the province will be competing against each other. The Annual Dragon’s Lair Provincial will be taking place at the Sandman Hotel, St. John’s.

The Dragons’ Lair Provincial is the annual culmination of our Dragons’ Lair events; one component of our ENTER:Preneur program. It’s a fun, interactive full-day event that promotes learning and practical skill through getting students thinking about how skilled trades and technologies can translate into successful business ownership.  Students work in groups to create a business idea related to a skilled trade or technology, complete a one-page business plan, followed by a business pitch to skilled entrepreneurs (dubbed “dragons”). 

Friday, November 8th

Alumni Day! – Roland McDonald House, St. John’s. Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Alumni Association will participate in the “Just Like Nans” community give-back program at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH). They will be preparing various baked goods for the families residing at RMH.

Want to take part in National Skilled Trades and Technology week with your students?

• Take a look at the activities work booklet that highlights some fun Essential Skills Activities!

• See what’s happening for National Skilled Trades and Technology Week across the country!