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National trades competition on at BC Place

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s like the Olympics for students and apprentices who are learning a trade; the Skills Canada National Competition is happening in Vancouver today and tomorrow.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a baker, computer animator, hairdresser, or robot builder, this is the competition for you.

The top young minds and hands from across the country are putting their skills to the test against one another at BC Place. The winners will go on to represent Canada at the World Skills Competition in Germany next month.

The event is also a showcase for the trades; it’s a chance for schools like VCC and BCIT to build interest in careers in these fields by showing off their students and the skills they’ve learned.

“Given the shortage of trades across the country, the possibility of many of these people securing work is… fantastic to superb,” says Sal Ferreras with VCC.

He tells us this event is a great opportunity for apprentices and students to build their resumes. “There is a demand in almost all of the areas down there at the exhibits, and there’s going to be increasing demand over the next few years — not just here, but on the international market.”

There are more than 500 competing in more than 40 events. Today is the last day of competition; the closing ceremonies are tomorrow.