2019 Skills Canada National Competition a Winner

2019 Skills Canada National Competition a Winner
National Technical Committee representative Jim Peterson from Calgary welcomed thousands of visitors and 13 competitors to the autobody repair display and competition. (Photos: Cheryl Enman)

Over two event-filled days, approximately 7,500 students converged on the Halifax Exhibition Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to learn more about job opportunities in the trades–and to test their prowess at over 50 Try-A-Trade and Technology activities. These included car painting, autobody repair and automotive technology.

At the autobody repair area, for example, students could create a metal flag of Canada using four pieces of metal and a specialized welder.

For more than 550 students and apprentices from across the country, however, the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) was about much more than exploring potential new career paths. They were vying for the title of national champion in 44 skill areas including autobody repair, car painting, and automotive technology.

This year marked the 25th running of SCNC, Canada’s only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices. “Events like the Skills Canada National Competition provide a platform for competitors to demonstrate and develop their skills to be more prepared for the world of work,” says Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills/Compétences Canada. “It also gives young Canadians who have never been exposed to Skilled Trades and Technology careers a chance to learn about these occupations through experiential activities.”

Autobody repair competitors remained focused while thousands of visitors, government representatives, photographers, and swirled about their temporary workspace.
Car painting competitors remained focused–and streak free–under the watchful eyes of judges.
Car painting competitors and judges.
Car painting competitor Morgan Murray from Nova Scotia remained focused–and streak free–under the watchful eyes of judges.
Maggie Friesen from Alberta was a competitor in the car painting competition.
Dave Gratton with Consulab gave visitors an inside look at a hybrid engine.
Welcome to the Automotive Technology competition, which was held outdoors under a large tent.
Julie Zayac at the Volkswagen exhibit invited visitors to try their hand at several games, which proved to be more difficult than they looked.
Students get an up-close look at modern automotive technology.
Dave Callaghan from Nova Scotia competes in the Automotive Technology competition.
A Team Canada prospect in autobody repair.
Evelyn Torres in the midst of the car painting competition.

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