Apprentices compete at National Skilled Trades competition


On June 4-5 about 550 apprentices competed at the annual Skills Canada Competition with over 200 medals awarded.
The Edmonton EXPO Centre also hosted around 6,000 visitors at the national skilled trades and technology competition. This year is a qualifying year for the WorldSkills Competition. The two highest ranking eligible competitors in 28 skill areas will be selected to take part in the next stage and represent Team Canada in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

Students and apprentices competed in six skilled trade and technology sectors, including: transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information technology, and service and employment. In the mechanical trades, this year’s winners include:

Plumbing: Post Secondary
Gold: David Duarte, Team Ontario
Silver: Brenden Ashworth, Team Nova Scotia
Bronze: Jon Connors, Team New Brunswick

Steamfitter-Pipefitter: Post-Secondary
Gold: Simon Piticaru, Team Ontario
Silver: Justin McGrath, Team New Brunswick
Bronze: Jesse Carlson, Team Alberta

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: Post Secondary
Gold: Zachary Walsh, Team Nova Scotia
Silver: Cassidy Lindseth, Team Alberta
Bronze: Stephen Kettle, Team Newfoundland

The Skills Canada National Competition was created to try to promote careers within the skilled trades and technologies industries.

“Having technologically driven skills and digital literacy skills is becoming increasingly important for careers in these sectors and through SCNC we are able to raise awareness of these evolving occupations”, said Shaun Thorson, chief executive officer of Skills/Compétences Canada.

Next year the event will move to the East coast. The 2019 Skills Canada National Competition will be held May 28-29 at the Halifax Exhibition Centre.

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