Over 12,000 students visited the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition at the RBC Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 27, 2023 – Today, Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) released the final medal results of the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), in Winnipeg. Over the past week, over 500 students and apprentices from across the country competed for the title of national champion in 45 Skill Areas at the RBC Convention Centre. The complete list of medalists is available on the Skills Canada Website, under the results tab.
Approximately 250 medals were awarded to the top competitors in six skilled trade and technology sectors, including: transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information technology, services and employment. The competitors were evaluated based on strict industry standards.
During SCNC, over 12,000 student visitors, industry leaders, government officials and industry celebrities were in attendance to take part in some of the onsite activities such as the Skills Symposium, Skills Showcase featuring First Nations, Inuit and Métis Skills, the Empowering Women in the Trades initiative and over 50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities. Celebrities included Kate Campbell, Founder of Kate’s Contracting Inc. and Jamie McMillan, Founder of KickAss Careers, both strong advocates for women in skilled trades, and Mark Brand, Pioneer Chef and Entrepreneur.
The goal of SCNC is to engage Canadian youth and promote all of the rewarding careers that are available to them in the skilled trades and technologies. It is the only national multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country.
“Events like the Skills Canada National Competition encourage Canadian youth to discover skilled trade and technology careers through interactive activities, and find their passion. It also allows us to raise awareness of these important and lucrative careers to our future skilled workforce,” said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada.
We know that if young people succeed, we all succeed. According to RBC’s ‘Powering Up’ report, which studied the current state of Canada’s skilled trades industry, the country will face a shortage of thousands of skilled trade workers by 2026. The RBC Foundation, powered through RBC Future Launch, awarded young Canadians from each province and territory with a 2023 RBC ‘Best of Region’ Award at the Skills Canada National Competition on May 27. The $1,500 award recognizes these young leaders as they continue their education, training and profile within the skilled trades.
This event is supported by our Funding Partner the Government of Canada, as well as our Presenting Sponsors, UA Canada, Cenovus Energy and Apprenticeship Manitoba. The 2024 Skills Canada National Competition will be held at ExpoCité, in Québec City, Québec, on May 30 and 31, 2024.
About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trade and technology careers among Canadian youth. For more information visit: www.skillscompetencescanada.com
PHOTOGRAPHY and VIDEO
View the Skills Canada Flickr page to access and upload hundreds of high resolution pictures of competitors in action.
View the highlight video of SCNC 2023.
View SCC’s YouTube channel to view the livestream of the event and catch all of the action.
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