Toronto – Earlier this week, the Skills Ontario Competition took place at the Toronto Congress Centre. Featuring 68 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,300 competitors from elementary schools, high schools, and colleges across Ontario, it remains the largest skilled trades and technology competition in Canada.
A broad range of skills and careers were represented from across the manufacturing, transportation, construction, service, and technology sectors, as students competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Monetary awards in the amount of $68,000 were presented to medalists in select contest areas and categories, as were job offers from partnered organizations, at the Closing Ceremony.
Gold medalists in select contests are also eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, May 31 to June 3 in Winnipeg.
Win or lose, the lives of many young competitors and visitors have been positively changed forever – from gaining new self-confidence by pushing their skills to a higher level, to winning a medal, or simply meeting a new mentor and discovering new career opportunities that they didn’t know existed.
“Those who compete at the Skills Ontario Competition are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario,” says Gail Smyth, Executive Director for Skills Ontario. “Because of the contribution from many industry, education, and government partners, including the Government of Ontario, Skills Ontario is able to help prepare Ontario’s youth for a highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow through such initiatives as the Skills Ontario Competition.”
For more information, visit www.skillsontario.com