Monday, March 2, 2015

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A View to a Skill

Chilliwack to host skills competition March 5

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he University of the Fraser Valley will play host to this year’s Upper Fraser Valley's Top of the Skills Canada British Columbia’s (SkillsBC) regional skills competition on March 5, 2015.


The competition, one of 13 taking place throughout British Columbia, provides a platform for students from grade 6 to grade 12 to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and technologies.


“In addition to encouraging young people to take pride in their own accomplishments, this competition celebrates the importance of many different skills and vocations within British Columbia,” says Chilliwack MLA John Martin. “These students have bright futures in the trades and I am very confident that they will go on to experience considerable success.”


Students in secondary schools compete in a diverse range of skills competitions, while those in the lower grades compete in series of Junior Skills Competitions, designed specifically for their skill level. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners, with the majority of gold medal winners qualifying to compete in the annual Provincial Competition, being held this year in Abbotsford on April 15. 


“The skills competitions are an important part of Skills BC programming; showcasing the skills of the province’s future workforce in safe, engaging and hands-on environments,” says Amber Papou, Executive Director, Skills Canada BC.


The competitions serve two main purposes. First, to celebrate and reward students for excellence in skilled trade and technology skills in a manner that directly involves industry in evaluating student performance and that keeps training relevant to employers’ needs. Second, to create an interactive and engaging environment for the thousands of young people who attend the competitions as spectators.


In addition to Chilliwack, another regional competition will take place in the Lower Fraser Valley in Cloverdale on March 6.


Since 1994, SkillsBC has operated as a provincial not-for-profit organization, working with industry, educators, government and labour to promote rewarding and in-demand skilled trade & technology careers to B.C.’s youth.


To help with this year’s regional and provincial competitions, the Industry Training Authority has provided Skills BC with $200,000.

To find out more about SkillsBC and the completion, visit



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