Local Students Shine In National Skills Competition

By July 16, 2014Community News, News

Submitted. MLAs Michael de Jong, Simon Gibson and Darryl Plecas would like to congratulate to Elijah Baluyan and Karmyn Chretien from Robert Bateman Secondary on winning the silver medal at the Skills Canada National Competition for their work in 2D Character Computer Animation and Patty Chomseng and Monica Sivongsa from Rick Hansen Secondary for winning Bronze in 3D Character Computer Animation. The competition was held in Toronto from June 4 – 7.

“These students have proven that they can compete at the national level and make British Columbia proud,” said Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas. “I am certain of their success in the future, no matter what their chosen field might be.”

The Skills Canada National Competition is the only Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology event of its kind for students and apprentices in the country. The event took place at the International Centre in Toronto where 60 different assigned projects were showcased in major skilled trade and technology categories. The 500 competitors from all provinces and territories were evaluated by independent judges from the respective industry sectors. Their decisions were based on industry standards and established work practices, using specific criteria such as quality of work, safety, cleanliness, skill level and creativity.


Quick Facts:

  • Each year Skills Canada British Columbia works with more than 12,000 B.C. students.
  • Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national not-for-profit organization.
  • By 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings in B.C created by retirements and our growing economy.
  • More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 43% will needs skilled trades and technical workers.


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