Skills competitions heat up

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If it’s spring it must be time for the annual skills competitions for apprentices and secondary students. Over 550 competitors from across Canada will attend this year’s National Skills Competition May 31-June 3 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.

They will compete in over 40 competitions representing six sectors: construction; employment; information technology; manufacturing and engineering; transportation and service.

In addition to the competition, a number of events are planned. An Essential Skills stage will highlight trades and technologies through interactive demonstrations The Essential Skills Forum will bring educators and industry reps together to discuss educating youth on the essential skills tie-in to skilled trade and technology occupations

A dedicated “career zone” will feature over 60 industry and educational partners

demonstrating their product or trade through interactive activities. For more information, visit www.skillscompetencescanada.com.

Ontario skills

Every province will hold a qualifying competition and send the winners to the National Skills Competition.

The Skills Ontario Competition will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre, May 1-3, 2017.

Over 2,200 elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students will converge on Toronto to showcase and test their skills in 68 unique skilled trade and technology contests. Everything from baking to welding, robotics to fashion design will be represented, as students compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as monetary awards and job offers in select contest areas, offered by partnered organizations.
Skills Ontario sponsors also provide $10 million of in-kind support for the materials needed to host the competitors.

More than 22,000 students and other guests from all over the province are also expected to attend.

For more information, please visit www.skillsontario.com.

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