Dartmouth, NS — The 2023 Nova Scotia Skills Competition returns this spring, marking another year of competition for youth looking to participate in skilled trade and technology competitions. Registration for the event began on Jan. 9.
Hosted annually by Skills Canada-Nova Scotia, the competition brings together young Nova Scotians competing for the honour of being crowned best in the province in their chosen field and for the opportunity to join team Nova Scotia at the Skills Canada National Competition.
Each contest is tailored to a specific industry, and competitors are challenged to perform tasks against students from around the province.
High school students must be between 13 and 21 years old as of Jan. 1 to be able to compete. Additionally, they need to be attending a public or private recognized secondary institute, be enrolled in a registered home school program through the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD), and be registered as a competitor with Skills Canada-Nova Scotia.
A few competitions to note for high school students include construction, electrical installation, welding, and mobile robotics.
For post-secondary participants, to be eligible, they must be enrolled in a community college, university, private school, or be a registered apprentice with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, be registered as a competitor with Skills Canada-Nova Scotia, and have earned post-secondary credits in a sector relevant to the one competing in. Additionally, post-secondary participants cannot be a certified journeyperson.
Competitions for post-secondary include construction, welding, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning, sprinkler fitter, and steam/pipefitter.