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Skills Canada event to showcase Ontario’s top trades students

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May 1, 2014 by STAFF REPORT

Skills Canada – Ontario is getting set to host the 25th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition.

From May 5 to 7, skilled trades and technology students (elementary, high school and post-secondary) from across Ontario will participate in the competition at RIM Park in Waterloo. Including competitors, spectators and parents, more than 20,000 people are expected to take in Canada’s largest skilled trades competition.

The three-day event features 65 contests in the automotive, service, manufacturing, construction and technology sectors. Winners will take home gold, silver and bronze medals – some may also receive cash awards – and become eligible to compete in the Skills Canada National Competition from June 4 to 7 in Toronto. National winners will advance to the WorldSkills Competition in Brazil in 2015.

“There’s no better gift to a young person who is just starting their career than by providing them the opportunity to tell future employers they are a gold medalist in their field,” said Gail Smyth, executive director for Skills Canada – Ontario.

The Skills Canada – Ontario competition receives more than $7 million in in-kind donations from industry and brings about $3.5 million to the local economy.

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