12 July 2021
Skills/Compétences Canada hosts Skills Canada Virtual National Competition 2021
Over 1,000 students, apprentices, teachers, industry leaders, and government officials from across the country participated in the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition (SCVNC) in June.
Canada successfully held its Skills Canada Virtual National Competition (SCVNC) in June using a virtual platform that saw an audience of over 1,200 watch highlights of Competitors and demonstrations from 45 different skills, representing six sectors, including transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information technology, services and employment.
High school and post-secondary students attended the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition virtually along with apprentices, teachers, industry leaders, and government officials.
Competitors participated in their own classrooms and workshops around the country under the supervision of a proctor. Equipment and materials for each skill were carefully selected to ensure they were accessible across Canada.
As well as awarding medals to the winners, SCVNC was able to engage hundreds of young people to create awareness of a skill-based career through live sessions and demonstrations on a virtual Main Stage and Essential Skills Stage.
They were helped by Canadian TV personalities, including Sherry Holmes, Kate Campbell, and Sebastian Clovis from the popular HGTV channel, as well as Mandy Rehennan, the CEO of the retail maintenance and commercial construction company Freshco, and a long-time champion of vocational skills and diversity.
By learning about skilled trades and technologies, visiting students and registered guests were also able to win points for prizes that included a trip to the Skills Canada National Competition 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Events like the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition provide a platform for Competitors to develop their skills and helps prepare them for their future. It also raises awareness of skilled trade and technology careers by encouraging youth to learn about these occupations through career exploration activities”, said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada.
This is the largest national trade and technology competition event of its kind for Canadian students and apprentices. The event’s virtual platform is open until September 15.