The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry has signed-on as presenting sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition for the next three years. The national event, hosted by not-for-profit Skills/Compétences Canada, focuses on skilled trade and technology students and apprentices. The 2013 competition, which will take place in Vancouver, expects to attract approximately 500 participants representing 40 trades. "This competition is a great opportunity for us to educate our youth and showcase the construction industry, and also give these young people information on what the trades are all about," said UA Canada spokesperson Larry Slaney. "We also look forward to being part of ensuring that everyone involved understands the importance of apprenticeship for the future of Canada."