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COVID-19 and WorldSkills

20 May 2020

Skills Canada takes it skills experience online

The last weekend in May should have seen thousands of visitors watch students demonstrate their skills in Vancouver for the Skills/Compétences Canada National Competition. Unfortunately Covid-19 had other plans.

With no option but to cancel, the WorldSkills Member for Canada was left not just with a large hole in its calendar, but a lost opportunity to share the power of skills and a vocational career with an estimated 7,500 young visitors who were due to attend the 26th national competition.

Instead the four days of competition have been transformed into a virtual week-long celebration of skills featuring many of those who would have taken part in Vancouver.

What is billed as a “digital experience of skills” uses the power of social media and the hashtag #celebrateskills to bring something of the atmosphere and excitement of the ational competition to a wider audience.

The programme, with a start date of 22 May, includes online demonstrations of everything from baking to laser cutting, talks and forums, a virtual winners circle, and contributions from Canadian Chamion Alumni and the WorldSkills Champions Trust.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/skillscanada/ to follow the action online.