Youth from across NWT communities in Yellowknife for 21st annual NWT Skills competition

Young people from communities across the NWT are converging on Yellowknife for the 21st Annual Territorial Competition and Career Expo.

The opening ceremony is Thursday night at 7:00 at the Yellowknife Multiplex with the competition itself taking place Friday.

The Skills Canada NWT Territorial Competition is an Olympic style event in which secondary and post-secondary students, as well as apprentices from across the Northwest Territories will compete in their chosen skill category.

There are more than 20 different skill categories this year, including Graphic Design Technology, Welding, Hairstyling, Public Speaking and Cabinetmaking.

Local businesses, organizations and educational institutions are also hosting about 30 exhibitor booths and will be offering fun, hands-on activities.

The competition runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday at the Multiplex, in both the Ed Jeske and Shorty Brown Arenas.

It’s free to get in.

The award ceremony and medal presentations will be held Friday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Explorer Hotel.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.