Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg

550 youth from across Canada compete for gold in over 40 skilled trade and technology sectors!

On May 31 to June 3, the RBC Convention Centre will be host to Canada’s only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices.

During the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), 550 youth from across Canada will occupy every square inch of the convention centre and will compete in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions, including robotics, cabinetmaking, landscaping, cooking, graphic design, welding, autobody repair, hairstyling, fashion technology, mechanical CADD, and a variety of others.

SCNC brings together industry, government and education representatives and approximately 10,000 student visitors who will participate in Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities and interactive demonstrations on the Essential Skills Stage. Admission is free for the public.

“In addition to witnessing the excitement created by these extremely talented competitors from across Canada, young visitors are invited to participate in 50 Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities to see if a career path in one the trade and technology sectors could interest them, said Skills/ Compétences Canada CEO Shaun Thorson. “These hands-on activities are extremely effective in showing youth the many interesting career options that are out there.”

This year, SCNC will welcome 43 high school students from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, who are traveling from Nelson House, in Northern Manitoba, to Winnipeg with the support of the Canadian Armed Forces 17 Wing Winnipeg and Vale.

Celebrities will also be on hand to engage with the young visitors, including Chef Jeremy Senaris, HGTV stars Paul LaFrance, Kate Campbell, Mike Homes Jr., and Sherry Holmes.

Skills Canada is a Life Changing Experience

“Participating in Skills Canada competitions has changed my life and has played a huge role in shaping my career path,” said Winnipegger Ashley Weber, who is now on Team Canada and will compete at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi this October in Car Painting. “I’m so proud that SCNC is in Winnipeg this year, and I hope that fellow Manitoba youth will take advantage of this amazing event to discover a passion for one of the many skilled trades and technology careers – as I have.”

It is estimated that SCNC 2017 will have a significant financial impact on the local Winnipeg economy, directly injecting up to 2.5 million dollars.

Through SCNC, Skills/Compétences Canada seeks to raise awareness about the skilled trade and technology sectors to Canadian youth and their influencers.

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