The CCQ is a major sponsor of the 13th Olympiades québécoises de la formation professionnelle et technique, May 7–10

May 8, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - This evening, Diane Lemieux, president and CEO of the CCQ, will officially open the 13th Olympiades québécoises de la formation professionnelle et technique, taking place May 7–10, 2014, at the Centre de foires in Québec City. The event brings together 150 Québec vocational training centres, 250 judges from Québec industry, and 300 young finalists competing in more than 30 disciplines, including the construction trades.

During the opening ceremony, Ms. Lemieux will underline the CCQ’s longstanding partnership with this well-publicized event that highlights vocational training both in Québec and internationally. “Since the beginning,” she will note, “the CCQ has been associated with this rendez-vous with excellence that brings Quebec talents to the forefront first in Canada, then around the world. I salute the efforts of the elite in vocational and technical training, people who are committed, determined, and highly talented. Our partnership with this event sends a clear message of support to all young people who have decided to outdo themselves in their vocational career.”

Inspired by the Olympic Games for sports, the Quebec edition of the WorldSkills International competition, les Olympiades de la formation professionnelle et technique, which takes place every two years, allows young Québecers registered in a vocational or technical training program to meet the skills challenge and become the best in their discipline.

“These young people are models,” Ms. Lemieux will state. “With their success, they contribute, among other things, to the fight against dropping out among boys and the promotion of non-traditional trades for women.”

The CCQ has been a major sponsor of the event for more than 20 years, since it began in 1992. This partnership fits with its mission of promoting the construction industry with new workers, whether they are young, immigrants, Aboriginals, handicapped, or women.

More than 12,000 visitors are expected.

About the Olympiades
The idea for this event was brought back from Europe in 1991 by a representative mandated by the Ministère de l’Éducation. In fact, trade competitions had begun in Spain under the supervision of an international organization, Worldskills. In Québec, Compétences Québec was formed in 1992, and the first Olympiades took place on the site of ExpoCité, in Québec City’s Old Town.

The path to the Olympiades begins in the participating training centres and colleges. The best students from each school go to regional competitions, and the winners from each region may qualify for the Olympiades québécoises. Candidates who meet the selection criteria may be invited to represent Québec at the Canadian Skills Competition and then participate in the WorldSkills international competition.

About Compétences Québec
Compétences Québec is a not-for-profit organization recognized as a charity. Its mission is to promote the trades and vocational and technical training programs and to shine a spotlight on the people who choose to learn skills in Québec’s vocational training centres and colleges. Compétences Québec is a founding member of Skills/Compétences Canada. Since the first time it participated, in 1994, Québec has distinguished itself year after year, harvesting an impressive number of medals.