A handful of students attending local schools earned medals at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition.
One secondary and four post-secondary students earned top-three finishes; the competition was held at NSCC Strait Area Campus Wednesday.
Shannon Campbell, the marketing and communications manager for Skills Canada Nova Scotia, says students competed in six Olympic-style events at both the high school and post-secondary level.
She says it’s a great chance for students and apprentices to show off their skills in their chosen trades.
Campbell tells The Hawk it’s valuable experience for students.
“In their careers, this looks amazing on a resume,” she says. “It helps you make connections with industry, and it really just shows that you have confidence and ability in what you’re studying and what you love to do.”
Campbell says students were judged on technical ability as well as their final project.
She says students in trades are essential in the workforce.
“We need people in skilled trades to bridge the gap,” she says. “We have an aging population and we need to meet a demand- across Nova Scotia, these competition areas are in-demand right now.”
Campbell says gold medalists advance to compete at nationals in Edmonton in June.
Gold – Brennan MacInnis (NSCC Strait Area Campus)
Bronze – Darcey MacDonald (NSCC Strait Area Campus)
Electrical Installations category:
Bronze – Marcus Rennie (Dr. John Hugh Gillis High)
Automation and Control category:
Gold – Teya Green (NSCC Strait Area Campus)
Silver – Cassie MacGillvary (NSCC Strait Area Campus)
Photo credit: Skills Nova Scotia