Skills Canada NWT’s Trade Show Competition and Career Expo has returned to the north for it’s 20th edition.
The expo and contest, held this past weekend at the multiplex, is meant to provide kids with an introduction to some possible future careers in trades.
Skills Canada NWT executive director Ali Kincaid says the highlight of the event is seeing the youth get a chance to try out those new skills.
We had almost two dozen different things that they could try and do so that was a real highlight for me, seeing all those kids try all the different trades and technology.
The Multiplex had to be converted to house contests in trades like carpentry, hairdressing, welding, and electrical, which is no easy feat.
Kincaid says the only reason the event is able to run smoothly is because of volunteers.
We rely on volunteers to actually run the specifics of the competition and make sure that the contest descriptions are laid out ahead of time sot he students know what they’re going to be expected to do in the competition. They make sure we’ve got all the materials in order for the competitors to actually compete.
The gold medalists at this weekend’s contest will also be able to attend Skills Canada’s national competition, representing the NWT in their trade of choice.