The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour:
Mr. Speaker, this morning at College of the North Atlantic’s Ridge Road campus I had the pleasure of proclaiming this to be National Technology Week in Newfoundland and Labrador. Also being celebrated is Skills Canada’s National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.
Throughout this week, students will participate in a variety of events and programs where they can explore career opportunities in the skilled trade and technology sector. This includes a Skills Work for Women Conference, which will see 50 intermediate students participate in activities, including Try-A-Trade demonstrations and a mentoring session with female role models employed in the skilled trade and technology sector.
National Technology Week celebrates rewarding career opportunities right here at home in many of the sectors our government is prioritizing through The Way Forward, including technology, mining, oil and gas, forestry, aquaculture, and agriculture.
Our government remains strongly committed to providing an affordable and accessible public post-secondary education system. We also continue to strengthen and modernize apprenticeship through online training for select trades and the development of a new shared IT system to streamline every step of completing an apprenticeship program.
I ask my Honourable colleagues to join me in encouraging students to participate in National Technology Week activities throughout the province and learn more about the current and future opportunities that exist in technology-powered sectors right here at home.
The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, signs the official proclamation to kick of National Technology Week with electrical engineering students at College of the North Atlantic’s Ridge Road campus in St. John’s.