Alberta Computers for Schools is a proud sponsor of the both the Provincial Skills Canada Competition and the 24th annual Skills Canada National Competition.
The Provincial Skills Canada Competition features high school and post-secondary students from across Alberta competing in trade and technical events. The competition areas range from autobody repair to welding, graphic design to baking. During the two-day competition, each student specializes in one event area and must complete a project that has been designed by experts in that field. Provincial winners then move on to the Skills Canada National Competition.
Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country.
Every year, the event features approximately 500 young people from all regions of Canada competing in over 40 trade and technology areas. Students strive to be crowned best in the nation in their chosen trade or technology. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete at the national level, the Skills Canada National Competition provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trade and technology careers. Through these competitions, Skills Canada also seeks to raise awareness about skilled trade and technology sectors.
Kari Cope, Executive Director of Alberta Computers for Schools, sees this as a complimentary partnership for her organization.
“This is an ideal event for Alberta Computers for Schools to support. Our organization assists young Albertans with opportunities to learn and grow into a career. The Provincial and National Skills Canada Competitions focus on and celebrate the achievements of these youth. And with this year’s national competition being held in Edmonton, we are happy to partner with these important events.”
Alberta’s Provincial Skills Competition takes Place May 30th to June 1st, 2018. The 24th Annual Skills Canada National Competition is June 3rd to 6th, 2018. Both events are hosted at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
Alberta Computers for Schools is pleased to announce our participation in the TELUS Internet for Good program. This pilot project offers low-cost internet and refurbished computers at a greatly reduced price to single parent families receiving financial support through the Alberta Works Income Support and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped programs. We would also like to thank our other partners on this project – Alberta’s Ministry of Human Services, the Alberta Library and the Royal Conservatory.
With support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) ,Computers for Schools offers a Technical Work Experience Program (TWEP), which provides Alberta youth between the ages of 15-30 with practical work experience to ease the transition between education and employment. We provide about 20-26 weeks of work experience for approximately 10 youth at any given time. Students gain supervised, hands-on experience developing the following technical skills: • Erasing, formatting, installing and testing hard drives and software • Using diagnostic tools and software • Safely dismantling computers for salvageable parts • Preparing e-waste for shipping to certified recycles Practical workplace skills: • Teamwork • Project Management • Time management To participate in the TWEP program you must meet the following criteria: • between 15 and 30 years of age (at intake) • have demonstrated skills achievement at the post secondary level-this means that you must have more than a high school diploma • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person who has been granted refugee status in Canada • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
The national Computers for Schools #Welcome Refugee project wrapped up at the end of December .We are very proud to have participated in the Government of Canada’s initiative to support Syrian refugees as they settle into life in Canada. Access to technology and the internet is necessary for all Canadians in order to participate in our society and economy. We are happy to announce that we delivered 957 computers to Syrian refugee families across Alberta in 2016. ACFS would like to thank all of our partners, donors, settlement agencies , volunteers and technicians who helped us to make it possible.