In 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition was opened to all Canadian students in a skilled trades program. At this national competition, 550 competitors from every province come together to compete in events in over 40 different technology and trade fields.
This competition is not only an opportunity for students to showcase their eggs-traordinary skills, but it also acts as an occasion for Canada to inspire young Canadians to hatch a career in the skilled trades and educate them on various career paths.
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What the competition is about
The Skills Canada National Competition’s main goal is to “encourage and support a coordinated Canadian approach to promoting skilled trades and technologies to youth.” This goal is completely in tune with what the Skilled Trades industry needs – more egg-cellent workers!
With a skills shortage on the radar in both Canada and the US, having competitions such as the Skills Canada National Competition allows Gen Y to understand just how egg-cellent skill trades careers are and get an idea of the projects they may get to work on in their chosen field.
Every province and territory is eligible to compete in the Skills Competition Canada! Based on the results from this competition, the top 35 – 40 competitors are then sent to the World Skills Competition. With an inclusive competition, every skilled trades student has equal opportunity to compete and showcase the skills they have nationally and potentially, globally.
Fields in the competition
Here is a brief outline of each sector and which career paths are included:
The Construction division of the competition includes trades students specialized in landscape gardening, welding, sheet metal work, refrigeration, plumbing, electrical wiring and carpentry.
Baking, beauty therapy, cooking, fashion technology, hairstyling, and restaurant services are all career fields that competitors in the Services division of the competition hope to go into!
3. Information Technology
IT competitors compete in character computer animation, electronics, graphic design, IT and network support, IT office applications, TV and video production, print media technology, and website development. In last year’s World Skills Competition, Canada brought home 5 Medallions of Excellence for this division alone!
4. Manufacturing & Engineering
Competitors in this division compete in fields of the Skilled Trades industry such as computer number control, industrial mechanics, millwrights, mechanical aided design, mechatronics, precision machining and robotics.
Students who compete in the transportation division specialize in aircraft maintenance, autobody repair, automotive service, car painting, heavy equipment service, outdoor power and recreational equipment. At the 2013 World Skills Competition 2 Canadians brought home Medallions of Excellence.
The importance of competitions
This competition plays a big part in helping Canadians learn more about career in the skilled trades. Not only does the competition have great credibility, but Mike Holmes (from the famous Holmes on Homes television show) is the official spokesperson of the competition – a recognizable character who adds star power to the event.
Aside from encouraging more workers to hatch skilled trades careers, competitions give students the opportunity to build their credentials and really impress a potential employer with what they’ve accomplished outside of the classroom.
Want more information on the Skilled Trades industry? Head to the TalentEgg Skilled Trades Career Guide for tons of great resources!