Over two event-filled days, approximately 7,500 students converged on the Halifax Exhibition Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to learn more about job opportunities in the trades–and to test their prowess at over 50 Try-A-Trade and Technology activities. These included car painting, autobody repair and automotive technology.
At the autobody repair area, for example, students could create a metal flag of Canada using four pieces of metal and a specialized welder.
For more than 550 students and apprentices from across the country, however, the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) was about much more than exploring potential new career paths. They were vying for the title of national champion in 44 skill areas including autobody repair, car painting, and automotive technology.
This year marked the 25th running of SCNC, Canada’s only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices. “Events like the Skills Canada National Competition provide a platform for competitors to demonstrate and develop their skills to be more prepared for the world of work,” says Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills/Compétences Canada. “It also gives young Canadians who have never been exposed to Skilled Trades and Technology careers a chance to learn about these occupations through experiential activities.”