April 22, 2016

Regina to Host Annual Olympic-Style Skills Competition and "Try-A-Trade Expo"

The Provincial Skills Competition Brings Together More Than 500 Secondary and Post-secondary Students and Apprentices from Across the Province

Skills Canada Saskatchewan is holding the 18th Annual Skills Canada Competition and Try-a-Trade Expo in Regina on April 22.  Events will take place at Campus Regina Public, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus, Regina Trades and Skills Centre, and Winston Knoll Collegiate.

Skills Canada Saskatchewan’s Olympic-style competition provides a forum for students to compete and showcase their skills in numerous trade and technology areas, from welding to machine shop to 3D animation.  Gold medal winners qualify to represent Saskatchewan at the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, New Brunswick in June 2016.

Competitors and students from all over Saskatchewan will also have the opportunity to visit the Career Fair and Try-a-Trade Expo onsite to explore trades and technology career options at fun, hands-on, interactive booths.  This expo brings together the excitement and energy of a young emerging workforce and the proactive organizations who understand that engaging youth is the best strategy for addressing labour challenges.

“The competition offers students an opportunity to succeed with their brains, their hands, their problem-solving ability and their intelligence,” Swift Current Comprehensive High School Business Education Teacher and Instructional Leader, PAA Cindy Lowe said.  “These experiences put them ahead of their peers once they leave school and are into the workforce.  I am absolutely hooked on this program.  The competition demonstrates the vast number of career opportunities available to people interested in pursuing a career in a trades or technology field.”

“We promote excellence and safety in everything we do,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan Executive Director Al Gabert said.

“The provincial Skills Canada competition is a highlight of the year and provides contestants an opportunity to demonstrate skills that equip them for rewarding careers,” Saskatchewan Polytechnic's President and CEO Dr. Larry Rosia said.  “The competition profiles a broad range of applied learning opportunities and showcases the exciting and rewarding careers available through a polytechnic education.”

“The Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition is a phenomenal display of talent,” Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission CEO Jeff Ritter said.  “These skills can be developed into an enjoyable and rewarding lifelong career.”

“Skills Canada competitions are a wonderful way for young people to demonstrate their skills and talents to the public and potential future employers,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan Chair and Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission Executive Director of Apprenticeship Loreena Spilsted said.  “Additionally, the Try-a-Trade Expo exposes Saskatchewan youth to the skilled trades, which benefits them and our province.  They will be the next generation of Saskatchewan tradespeople.”

The competition areas are open to the general public and media are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, April 21:

  • Opening Ceremonies @ 7 p.m. Campus Regina Public - 1069 - 14th Avenue East, Regina

Friday, April 22:

Competition and Try-a-Trade Expo, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Campus Regina Public - 1069 14th Avenue East,
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic/Regina Campus - 4500 Wascana Parkway,
  • Regina Trades and Skills Centre - 1275 Albert Street, and
  • Winston Knoll Collegiate - 5255 Rochdale Blvd.

For competition details, visit Competition Information at www.skillscanadasask.com/skills-competition/provincial-skills-competition/competition-information.