Dawson Creek today celebrated the 18th annual Skills Canada Peace Region competition at Northern Lights College.
The event took off in the college’s aerospace hangar, which houses their aircraft maintenance engineering program.
“It became obvious to the college administration and to the school district that’s it’s a valuable event to promote skilled trades and technologies to youth,” said competition manager Jamie Maxwell, who got involved with Skills Canada over 10 years ago, mentoring and encouraging high-school students to compete.
Maxwell says the event became much public after being offered the Dawson Creek hangar, adding that it allowed for a variety of skilled trades and professions to be showcased under one roof. The competition features events both at the high-school and college level. An expo also featured, with opportunities for high-school students to try out various trades.
Over 320 students have signed up to showcase their skills in carpentry, aerospace technology, cabinet making, graphic design, hairdressing, photography, plumbing, public speaking, robotics, TV, and video production, electrical, and welding.
“There is an emphasis on excellence, we are rewarding excellence. It’s excellence on the day, with no do overs,” said Maxwell, adding that the competition teaches skills needed for youth to become successful adults.
Gold medal finalists will have the opportunity to compete at the provincial level, held every April at the Abbotsford Trade and Exhibition Centre.