New Brunswick to host national skills competition


The 2016 Skills Canada National Competition will be held in New Brunswick for the first time ever. The event, which will draw over 500 competitors from across Canada, takes place at the Moncton Coliseum Complex in Moncton June 5-8.

Apprentices, who have qualified by winning their provincial Skills Competitions, will compete in over 40 categories to earn the right to represent Canada at the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 14-19, 2017.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. Over 40 “try-a-trade” stations are planned so that visitors can try their hands at different trades. There are also interactive demonstrations and educational workshops for teachers.

A lack of information regarding the opportunities in trades and technology currently prevents many young Canadians from considering a career in skilled trades, organizers report. Through provincial, national and international skills competitions, Skills Canada helps make these occupations more visible to teachers, students, parents and the general public. The competitions are an incredible display of hands-on expertise, talent and determination, showcasing careers in trades and technology.

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