Imagine 500 young, Canadian honour students skilled in over 40 different trades and technologies competing under the same roof. This was only possible at BC Place where the 19th Skills Canada National Competition was hosted over the weekend.
Walking the exhibition aisles, you could witness a hair style transformation (hairstyling), robot completion (robotics), students filming and animating (TV & Video Production and 3D Animation), electricians wiring walls (electrical installation), a meal being prepared by chefs (Cooking & Baking), a car being repaired (Automotive Service), a fridge being installed (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning), clothing being designed (Fashion Design), a wall being built (Brick Masonry), and much more! All performed by the very best in the country!
It was a weekend to recognize young, talented students that represent the future of skilled trades in Canada and inspire future generations to explore new opportunities in these exciting and promising careers.
The young ones explored their skills, possibly for the first time, at the Try-A-Trade interactive booths when using a hammer to build a bird house (Carpentry), planting (Landscape and Gardening), designing metal bracelets (Welding). The event was an eye opener for many attendees in terms of endless possibilities in the current job market. In fact over a million skilled trade workers will be needed in Canada by the year 2020.
West Coast Families Magazine, together with thousands of students of all ages, was there to learn first-hand from each of the disciplines and to realize that there are many options out there when choosing a career.