Masters of the trade: Team N.B. shines at national skills competition
Team finishes with its most medals yet at Skills Canada National Competition
Team New Brunswick was loud and proud at the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg this weekend.
New Brunswick students returned home from 2017 Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg this weekend with 10 medals, wonderful memories and optimism about a career in the trades.
The five gold, three silver and two bronze medals were the most yet by Team New Brunswick. Its previous best was nine medals.
"We had a great time, a great weekend, and a record-setting performance for the New Brunswick team," said Luc Morin, executive director of Skills Canada New Brunswick.
Approximately 550 youth from across Canada competed in more than 40 skilled trade and technology competitions.
Approximately 550 youth from across Canada competed in more than 40 skilled trade and technology competitions, including robotics, cabinetmaking, landscape gardening, cooking, graphic design, welding, autobody repair, hairstyling, fashion technology, mechanical CADD, and a variety of others.
'To be in the skilled trades you have to have a great level of intelligence and it's very rewarding not only personally but could be financially, as well.'- Luc Morin, Skills Canada New Brunswick
Morin said the atmosphere was like a "mini-Olympics" for the trades.
"All these teams waving their flags around, the enthusiasm level is out of this world," he said.
It is Canada's only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices.
It brings together industry, government and education representatives who get a chance to see the students in action.
Morin said many of the youth come away from the weekend with the confidence that if they choose a career in the trades, their work will be valued.
"For so many years there has been a stigma surrounding the skilled trades, that the trades are for maybe uneducated people or they're more low paying jobs or they're dirty or hard labour jobs," he said.
"And we're trying to indicate to them it's just the opposite, to be in the skilled trades you have to have a great level of intelligence and it's very rewarding not only personally but could be financially, as well."
Winners for New Brunswick were:
Ashley Bent, bricklaying
Cliff Bennett, sprinkler systems
Pascal Doiron, automotive service
Danic Ruest, outdoor power and recreation
Jaycobb Hooper, car painting
Justin McGrath, steamfitter and pipefitter
Michelle Gilbert, hairstyling
Marc-André Benoit, autobody repair
Ben Hill, industrial mechanic-millwright
Camille Morais-Savoie, public speaking
Conference Board of Canada, Canadian Outlook Long-Term Forecast, 2000
With the eminent skills shortage caused by lower birth rates and an aging population, tradespeople will be in high demand. By 2020, it is estimated that Canada will be short 1 million workers.
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