Student competitors to attend Skilled Trades Challenge
by Sandy Lindsay

March 13, 2017


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The premier local event for secondary students enrolled in the skilled trades is just around the corner. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) will host the 13th Annual Regional Technological Skills Challenge at several Owen Sound locations on Friday, March 24, 2017.

Industry judges from our region have once again been solicited to test the competitors according to industry standards. Some of the top scoring students will advance to the Skills Ontario Qualifying Competition in Barrie on April 1, 2017, while others will move on to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Toronto, which is set for May 2 and 3, 2017.

 In 2016, Bluewater District School Board students who advanced to the provincial challenge were responsible for winning three gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. One of those students also represented Ontario at the national event in New Brunswick where they secured silver.

The competition categories this year are Carpentry - Team of Two, Culinary, Precision Machining, Small Powered Equipment, Welding, Automotive, Electrical Wiring, and Hairstyling.

“We look forward to welcoming our student competitors, and hope that local businesses, industries, media, and others who are interested in catching a glimpse of emerging local talent in the skilled trades will join us during this year’s challenge. The opportunity to compete regionally, and possibly at a broader level down the road, makes for an excellent real world experience for local students who are considering a career in the skilled trades,” says OYAP Coordinator/Facilitator Dave Barrett.Members of the public are invited to attend tours of the competitions at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. To register, e-mail oyap@bwdsb.on.ca  or call Dave Barrett at 519-363-2014, ext. 2132.

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