Image Credit: Skills Canada
Image Credit: Skills Canada

Four Sask Polytech students will compete for spots on WorldSkills Team

Four Saskatchewan Polytechnic students are hard at work preparing to showcase their technical skills to an international audience next year.

Adam Sebastien of Regina, Ryan Folk of Arcola, Jonathan Crane of Regina and Taylor Ehman of Lanigan competed with Team Saskatchewan at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) earlier this year.

SCNC is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. More than 550 young people from all regions of Canada participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions at SCNC.

As Team Canada prospects, the four Sask Polytech students will compete at the WorldSkills Team Canada selection event next May to earn a chance to represent their country at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia in August.

Here’s what you should know about Sask Polytech’s Team Canada Prospects:

  • Sebastien’s skill is welding, which he chose because he has always enjoyed working with his hands and the trade allows him to apply his creative and artistic skills. He says that one day he would like to run his own welding rig / company, welding pipe and specialty materials with different processes.
  • Folk’s skill is electrical installations. He too wants to run his own company and says he chose his trade because the concept of earning while learning was appealing. He says electrical installations is challenging, both mentally and physically.
  • Crane’s skill is CNC milling. Crane likes the challenge of figuring out how to efficiently and accurately make parts to tight tolerances and says he always is thinking of ways to make processes faster. Like Sebastien and Folk, he would like to have his own business in the future.
  • Ehman’s skill is graphic design technology. Ehman, who prefers hands-on and practical work, chose her trade because it allows her to be creative. She became involved in the skills competition with the encouragement of her instructor. She says her experience in dance has helped her stay motivated and creative during graphic design competitions. Not surprisingly, she also hopes to be her own boss someday.

Only one person per skill area will get the opportunity to represent Canada at the 45th WorldSkills competition in Kazan following the WorldSkills Team Canada Selection Event next May.

Published November 2018.