Team Nova Scotia Gets Ready to Compete

Team Nova Scotia Gets Ready to Compete Among Canada’s Best Skilled Trade and Technology Students and Apprentices

April 7th marked the close of the 2017 Nova Scotia Skills Competition, presented by Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited competitors at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition. During his visit, he outlined initiatives aimed at helping students find jobs in the 2017 budget. While he was there, he took part in an interactive carpentry project with competition volunteer, Tiffany Cheng.

“Gone are the days when going west seemed like the only option,” said Trudeau. “By getting the skills they need for good, middle-class jobs here on the East Coast, Nova Scotians can settle down and raise their families in the hometowns they grew up in.”

Over the past month, the Nova Scotia Skills Competition saw over 250 students and apprentices from across the province participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions. Bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded in each competition area. Most gold medalists now advance to the Skills Canada National Competition as members of Team Nova Scotia. The Skills Canada National Competition will take place in Manitoba, Winnipeg, May 31 – June 3, 2017. Halifax will be hosting the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition.

“The connection between Prime Minister Trudeau’s budget announcement, the passion our competitors have for their work, and the patriotism members of Team NS have for our province, couldn’t be a better fit.” says Courtney Gouthro, Executive Director, SCNS. “We were truly honoured to have Prime Minister Trudeau visit the Nova Scotia Skills Competition.”

Team Nova Scotia brought home 10 medals from last year’s national competition, 5 of which were gold. This year’s team members have their sights set on reaching the national podium as well, with their training well underway.

“These competitors should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished,” said Marjorie Davison, CEO of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. “They’ve demonstrated a tremendous amount of talent, and are well positioned to take advantage of the many career opportunities that await them in the skilled trades and technologies.”

SCNS is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for Nova Scotian youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, discover their passions, and strive for excellence.