RICHMOND – Aberdeen Centre will play host to the Skills Canada British Columbia (Skills BC) regional competition on Thursday, March 5.

The competition, one of the 13 taking place throughout British Columbia, provides a platform for students from grade 6 to grade 12 to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and technologies.

“I am looking forward to seeing the competition,” Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid said. “We have many talented young people in Richmond who excel in skilled trades. I wish all the competitors the best of luck in this competition and look forward to seeing them represented in the provincial final in April.”

Students in secondary schools will compete in a diverse range of skills competitions, while those in the lower grades will compete in a series of Junior Skills Competitions tailored to their skill level. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners, with the majority of gold medal winners qualifying to compete in the annual Provincial Competition, which will take place in Abbotsford on April 15.

“The skills competitions are an important part of Skills BC programming; showcasing the skills of the province’s future workforce in safe, engaging and hands-on environments,” said Amber Papou, Executive Director, Skills Canada BC.

Skills BC competitions encourage interest in the trades and reward students for their excellence in a chosen field. They involve industry in evaluating student performance and keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

Since 1994, Skills BC has operated as a provincial not-for-profit organization, working with industry, educators, government and labour to promote rewarding and in-demand skilled trade and technology careers to B.C.’s youth.

The Industry Training Authority has provided Skills BC with $200,000 to help with this year’s regional and provincial competitions.

To find out more about Skills BC visit: www.SkillsCanada.bc.ca.