CLOVERDALE – Kwantlen Polytechnic will play host to this year’s Lower Fraser Valley stop of the Skills Canada British Columbia’s (SkillsBC) regional skills competition for Friday, March 6.
The competition, one of 13 taking place throughout British Columbia, provides a platform for students from grade 6 to grade 12 to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and technologies.
“It’s important to support local students who are interested in pursuing trades and technical careers so that they can take full advantage of all the opportunities ahead of them,” says Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “This competition will provide an excellent way for young British Columbians to demonstrate their talent and enthusiasm.”
Students in secondary schools compete in a diverse range of skills competitions, while those in the lower grades compete in series of Junior Skills Competitions, designed specifically for their skill level. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners, with the majority of gold medal winners qualifying to compete in the annual Provincial Competition, being held this year in Abbotsford on April 15.
“The skills competitions are an important part of Skills BC programming; showcasing the skills of the province’s future workforce in safe, engaging and hands-on environments,” says Amber Papou, Executive Director, Skills Canada BC.
The competitions serve two main purposes. First, to celebrate and reward students for excellence in skilled trade and technology skills in a manner that directly involves industry in evaluating student performance and that keeps training relevant to employers’ needs. Second, to create an interactive and engaging environment for the thousands of young people who attend the competitions as spectators.
In addition to Cloverdale, another regional competition will take place in the Upper Fraser Valley in Chilliwack in March.
Since 1994, SkillsBC has operated as a provincial not-for-profit organization, working with industry, educators, government and labour to promote rewarding and in-demand skilled trade & technology careers to B.C.’s youth.
To help with this year’s regional and provincial competitions, the Industry Training Authority has provided Skills BC with $200,000.
To find out more about SkillsBC and the completion, visit www.SkillsCanada.bc.ca