Canada's best skilled trade and technology students received a official recognition for their outstanding performance as Skills/Competences. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade, Olympic-style, and technology event of its kind for the young students and apprentices in the country. The event took at BC Place in Vancouver. The competitors were evaluated by the independent judges from the respective industry sectors. The decisions was taken on the bases of industry standards and established work practices. Such cafeterias include quality of work, skill level, safety, creativity, and cleanliness. Over 200 medals were awarded to the top champions based on six different categories: information and technology, construction, manufacturing, service, transportation, and employment. "The goal of this annual Competition is to reward students for excellence in the skilled trades, while directly involving industry leaders and educators in the training process and in evaluating their performance in a way that is relevant to employers' needs," said Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills/Competences Canada. "The enthusiasm and hard work shown by the competitors throughout the Competition has been inspiring and we want to congratulate each one. We also want to thank and acknowledge the ongoing support from the Government of Canada, sponsors and organizers for working with us to ensure that there is a bright future for Canada's skilled trade and technology workforce." Mike Holmes, Skills?Competences Canada's Official Spokesperson and Mag Ruffman, Canada's Toolgirl, had active roles in the Competition, taking part in several activities alongside the 7500 students from local schools. Visiting students and school groups also had the opportunity to take part in over 40 Try-A-Trade ® and Technology! Activities ranging from planting a strawberry plant in landscape gardening to participating in a spark plug challenge in Outdoor Power & Recreation Equipment to making fondant animals in Baking. The motto of this competition is to reward students for their excellence in skilled trades. The competition involves the industries top class leaders and educators providing training and evaluating the performance of the students that is suitable to employers’ needs. Skills?Competences Canada was established in the year 1989 as a national, non profit organization. The organization works with labour groups, employers, government, and educators to promote skilled trades and technology career among the young Canadians. About Skills/Competences Canada Skills/Competences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping young people and aspiring apprentices discover rewarding careers. Skills/Competences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trade awareness programs. Many programs highlight digital and essential skills, which are crucial qualifications in most careers of today. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills/Competences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of World Skills International.
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