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Worldskills Competition for youth comes to Calgary to promote trades

Calgary, AB -- The annual WorldSkills Competition will host more than a thousand skilled young people from trade, s...


Human Resources

February 5, 2009
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Calgary, AB — The annual WorldSkills Competition will host more than a thousand skilled young people from trade, service and technology programs in 50 countries and regions around the world at a week-long event in Calgary, AB, taking place Sept. 1-7, 2009.

 

The youth, aged 17 to 23, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in more than 40 skill categories. The categories include Manufacturing & Engineering Technology, which encompasses the subgroups of Polymechanics/Automation, Manufacturing Team Challenge, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD, CNC Turning, CNC Milling, Welding, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Control, Aircraft Mechanics, Mobile Robotics, Mould Making, Construction Metal Works and Sheet Metal Technology.

 

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Team Canada consists of 38 young people from across the country who were selected in Skills Canada’s Canadian Skills Competition. Just like Olympic athletes, competitors spend countless hours training in the months leading up to the WorldSkills Competition.

 

With the help of industry and faculty members of secondary schools, colleges or polytechnical institutes, the Canadian competitors train in practical experiences and mental conditioning.

 

The goal of the event is to inspire young people to pursue a career in the trades and technology areas. It also is an opportunity for Canadian youth to see trades and technologies in action. More than 150,000 students are expected to attend the event, being held at Stampede Park in Calgary.

 

Besides a Global Skills Village, the event will host Skills City where Try-A-Trade demonstrations will allow students to evaluate dozens of trades and technology career options under one roof. These demonstrations were created as an approachable platform for students to try their hand at a trade while connecting with experts from that field. Admission to the event is free.

 

For more details, visit www.skillscanada.com or call 1-877-754-5226