SURREY – Students in Surrey will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in skilled trades and technologies in one of 13 regional Skills Canada British Columbia (SkillsBC) competitions being held in communities across the province. Kwantlen Polytechnic will be hosting one of the competitions on March 4.

“Through competition, students will be able to test their skills and get a better idea of the kind of career they would like,” said Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “It’s a great way to gain hands-on experience in trades and technology.”

Each year, SkillsBC, a provincial non-profit that promotes in-demand skilled trade and technology careers to B.C. students in grades 6 to 12, holds 13 regional and one provincial Olympic-style competition. Winners of the regional competitions advance to the Provincials where they have the chance of advancing to the national and/or WorldSkills competitions.

Approximately one million jobs are expected to open in British Columbia by 2024 due to retirements and economic growth, with an estimated eight out of ten of these jobs requiring post-secondary education or skilled trades training.

Since its creation 22 years ago, Skills BC has provided tens of thousands of B.C. students with opportunities to explore skilled trades and technology careers.