RICHMOND – Students in Richmond will showcase their talents in skilled trades and technologies in one of 13 regional Skills Canada British Columbia (SkillsBC) competitions being held in communities across the province. Aberdeen Centre will be hosting this event starting at 10:00 a.m. this Friday, March 4, 2016.

These regional events allow B.C. students from grade 6 to grade 12 to showcase their talents as they compete in a variety of skills competitions from creative arts and fashion to construction, manufacturing and engineering.

“Approximately one million jobs are expected to open in our province by 2024, and about eight out of ten of these jobs will require post-secondary education or skilled trades training,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “Events like these help local students hone their skills for the jobs of tomorrow.”

“Richmond students continue to impress us with the level of knowledge and excellence they bring to these annual Skills BC events,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “Good luck to all participants, not only in their respective competitions but in their drive for a successful career.”

“Skills BC does great work with our young people— helping to raise the profile, importance, benefits and opportunities available in skilled trades and technology,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “Congratulations on another successful year of learning, mentorship and skill development.”

Each year, SkillsBC, a provincial non-profit organization that promotes in-demand skilled trade and technology careers to B.C. students in grades 6 to 12, holds 13 regional competitions and one provincial Olympic-style competition. Winners of the regional events advance to the Provincials where they have the chance of advancing to the national and/or WorldSkills competitions.

Since its creation 22 years ago, Skills BC has provided tens of thousands of B.C. students with opportunities to explore skilled trades and technology careers.