The Skilled Futures series is a collection of one-day career exploration events offering junior and senior high school students the chance to participate in interactive skilled trade and technology workshops. There are five types of Skilled Futures events, held across the province throughout the school year from October to April.

Skilled Futures in Technology  introduces students to career opportunities available using emerging and innovative technologies.

Skilled Futures in Trades & Tech  introduces students to career opportunities available in a variety of skilled trades and technologies.

Skilled Futures in Energy  introduces students to career opportunities available in Nova Scotia’s energy sector.

Skilled Futures in Oceans 
 introduces students to career opportunities available in Nova Scotia’s oceans sector.

Skilled Futures for Women  introduces female students to career opportunities available in skilled trades and technologies.

For more information contact our Program Manager, Laura King: or (902) 491-4647 or (902) 210-6210.


In-class presentations continue to be one of SCNS’s most effective tools for promoting skilled trades and technologies to Nova Scotian youth. These interactive hour long presentations provide students with information about careers in skilled trades and technologies, youth apprenticeship, labour markets, SCNS programs and how to get involved.

In addition to In-Class Presentations, we now also offer Auditorium Presentations for 2 or more classes at a time. Our talented presenter will get your students thinking about their future and how they can make informed decisions about career choices using their own personal goals, strengths, and passions in life as their guide. This is a fun experience for all students regardless of their academic standing.

Presentations are free and delivered across the province throughout the school year from October to May.

If you wish to request an in-school presentation, please contact our Promotions Coordinator at or (902) 880-5038.


The 9 Essential Skills (reading text, oral communication, numeracy, digital, writing, continuous learning, document use, thinking, and working with others) are the foundation for all skilled trades and technologies. 

Through our Essential Skills Challenge, a one-hour activity which is 100% hands-on, we teach students about the importance of developing these skills, and then put them to the test. 

For more information, please contact our Event Assistant at: or (902) 491-2374.


Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS) offers a number of programs to help Nova Scotian youth with disabilities explore skilled trade and technology careers.

Disability Services Workshops are available to organizations and learning centres across the province. SCNS is currently offering workshops in cake decorating, photography, and the 9 Essential Skills.

If you are interested in having us host a workshop for your class or community group, please contact our Disability Services Manager, Robin Lorway at: or (902) 491-4734