Friday, 20 April 2018 05:45

High school students preparing for upcoming Skills Competition in Medicine Hat

Written by  Jamie Rieger
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High school students will be putting their knowledge to the test when they compete in the upcoming South East Alberta Regional Skills Competition and Trades and Technology Expo being held in Medicine Hat on April 24.

The competition gives students taking trades courses to showcase what they have learned in class and compete against others from high schools across the region.
Students will compete in nine competitions at the Medicine Hat College (Automotive, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Hairstyling-Junior, Hairstyling-Intermediate, Video Production, Welding), Medicine Hat High School (Baking), and Crescent Heights High School (Culinary)
More than 100 senior high school students will be competing in the 13th annual event, with the top two students from each category will advance to the Provincial Skills Canada Alberta Competition taking place in Edmonton on May 30-31.
Kristi Liboiron, project manager for the South East Alberta Regional Skills Competition and Trades and Technology Expo, as well as the executive director of the South Eastern Alberta Partners for Youth Career Development said the competition is a way for students to garner some hands-on learning in the trades and showcase the many opportunities available. Many sectors of the trades are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers and the trend is expected to worsen in the coming years.
"We're looking at the trades having a huge shortage over the next five to 10 years. Retirements are coming and we will be faced by the 'gray wave'," said Liboiron. "We want to start in junior high for students to be looking at the trades and also technology."
Over 600 students have registered for the Trades and Technology Expo component of the event. The Expo will include numerous interactive and information booths. As well, local industry, organizations, and community partners that provide hands-on interactive experiences to showcase their trade and technology related careers
-try welding, heavy equipment simulator, hairdressing, hammering challenge, electrical wiring, culinary arts demonstration, and more
Funding partners for the Skills Competition and Trades and Technology Expo include Skills Canada Alberta and the Ministry of Labour.
The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tues., Apr. 24 in the Medicine Hat College Library and Trades wings.

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