St. Lawrence College (SLC) will be hosting several events for the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition on Tuesday, February 28 in Cornwall, and the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) Skills Competition and the Young Women’s Skilled Trade and Technology event on the Kingston campus on March 1.
Students from the regional school boards will compete at SLC applying various skills in Automotive, Welding, Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Photography, TV/Video Production, Small Powered Equipment and more. The Young Women’s Skilled Trade and Technology event in Kingston will see 150 female participants take part in hands-on workshops and demonstrations around the skilled trades.
“The skills competition events are always a wonderful opportunity to connect with young students on our campus,” said Daniel Liao, Dean, Applied Science, Trades and Technology at SLC. “Hosting it at the College is great way for us to participate in this educational community event in collaboration with our local secondary schools, as well as showing the breadth of opportunity that exists at SLC if students want to train and pursue a career in the skilled trades.”
Competing students demonstrate their talent and creativity with specific tasks to perform, or scenarios to complete, within a specific time frame, and are judged by industry specialists. In Cornwall, some of SLC’s industry partners will also be on campus that day with information booths for students and the public to learn more about skilled trades.
“We’re thrilled to host the Skills Competition at SLC,” said Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “At a time of critical need for more skilled trades workers, demonstrating to our region’s high school students the amazing opportunities that exist to become trained in the trades is a great way to connect future talent with information about the range of opportunities available to them.”
The top two finishers in Welding, TV/Video, Culinary, and Individual Carpentry will move on to the Regional Qualifying Competition in Kingston at SLC on April 1st. The rest of the first-place finishers qualify for the Skills Ontario Provincial Competition in Toronto from May 1-3, 2023.
The Young Women’s Skilled Trade event is open for registrants only, while members of the public are welcome to check out the skilled trades competitions in Cornwall and Kingston.
Learn more about Skilled Trades at SLC.