Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Regina to host annual Olympic-style Skills Competition & "Try-a-Trade Expo"

The provincial skills competition brings together more than 500 secondary and post-secondary students and apprentices from across the province.

April 22, 2016 - Skills Canada Saskatchewan is holding the 18th Annual Skills Canada Competition & Try-a-Trade Expo in Regina, SK on April 22, 2016. Events will take place at Campus Regina Public, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus, Regina Trades and Skills Centre, and Winston Knoll Collegiate.

Skills Canada Saskatchewan's Olympic-style competition provides a forum for students to compete and showcase their skills in numerous trade and technology areas, from welding to machine shop to 3D animation. Gold medal winners qualify to represent Saskatchewan at the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, NB in June 2016.

Competitors and students from all over Saskatchewan will also have the opportunity to visit the Career Fair and Try-a-Trade Expo onsite to explore trades and technology career options at fun, hands-on, interactive booths. This expo brings together the excitement and energy of a young emerging workforce and the proactive organizations who understand that engaging youth is the best strategy for addressing labour challenges.

"The competition offers students an opportunity to succeed with their brains, their hands, their problem solving ability and their intelligence. These experiences put them ahead of their peers once they leave school and are into the work force. I am absolutely hooked on this program!" said Mrs. Cindy Lowe, Business Education Teacher & Instructional Leader- PAA at Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

"The competition demonstrates the vast number of career opportunities available to people interested in pursuing a career in a trades or technology field. We promote excellence and safety in everything we do," said Al Gabert, executive director for Skills Canada Saskatchewan.

"The provincial Skills Canada competition is a highlight of the year and provides contestants an opportunity to demonstrate skills that equip them for rewarding careers," said Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's president and CEO. "The competition profiles a broad range of applied learning opportunities and showcases the exciting and rewarding careers available through a polytechnic education."

"The Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition is a phenomenal display of talent," Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) CEO Jeff Ritter said. "These skills can be developed into an enjoyable and rewarding lifelong career."

"Skills Canada competitions are a wonderful way for young people to demonstrate their skills and talents to the public and potential future employers," Skills Canada Saskatchewan Chair and SATCC Executive Director of Apprenticeship Loreena Spilsted said. "Additonally, the Try-a-Trade Expo exposes Saskatchewan youth to the skilled trades, which benefits them and our province. They will be the next generation of Saskatchewan tradespeople."

The competition areas are open to the general public and media are encouraged to attend.

Event: Opening Ceremonies
Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Campus Regina Public
1069 14th Ave. East, Regina SK


Event: Competition & Try-a-Trade Expo
Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Campus Regina Public - 1069 14th Ave. East, Regina SK
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic/Regina Campus - 4500 Wascana Parkway, Regina SK
  • Regina Trades and Skills Centre - 1275 Albert Street, Regina  SK
  • Winston Knoll Collegiate - 5255 Rochdale Blvd, Regina SK

For competition details follow this link: Competition Information