Sardis students moving onto provincial skills competition

Students excel in cabinte making, mechanical CAD and welding at Skills Canada Competition

Grant Williams of Sardis secondary prepares his dish during the culinary division of the Skills Canada Regional Skills Competition at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Trades and Technology Centre in Chilliwack on Thursday. Williams was competing with three other high school students.

Grant Williams of Sardis secondary prepares his dish during the culinary division of the Skills Canada Regional Skills Competition at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Trades and Technology Centre in Chilliwack on Thursday. Williams was competing with three other high school students.

Several students from Sardis secondary placed well in the regional Skills Competition held at UFV last Thursday.

More than 50 students from the Fraser Valley competed in events that showcase their hands on skills and abilities, including the culinary arts, cabinet making, welding, mechanical CAD, architectural CAD, automotive service, and electrical wiring.

Students finishing with gold will move onto the provincial level of competition on April 15, to be held at the Abbotsford Tradex.

In cabinet making, Karaline Heibner took home gold, Jordan Balzer won silver and Jacob Dyck won bronze.

In mechanical CAD, Fergus Dalton won gold, and in welding, Noah Visscher won silver.

The regional competition was one of 13 taking place throughout B.C., providing a platform for students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and technologies.

Students in secondary schools compete in a diverse range of skills competitions, while those in the lower grades compete in series of Junior Skills Competitions, designed specifically for their skill level.

The competitions serve two main purposes. First, to celebrate and reward students for excellence in skilled trade and technology skills in a manner that directly involves industry in evaluating student performance and that keeps training relevant to employers’ needs. Second, to create an interactive and engaging environment for the thousands of young people who attend the competitions as spectators.

To help with this year’s regional and provincial competitions, the Industry Training Authority has provided Skills BC with $200,000.

“The skills competitions are an important part of Skills BC programming; showcasing the skills of the province’s future workforce in safe, engaging and hands-on environments,” says Amber Papou, Executive Director, Skills Canada BC.

To find out more about SkillsBC and the completion, visit www.SkillsCanada.bc.ca.