SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Campus of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) will play host to 20 post-secondary provincial competitions as the 2019 Skills Canada NB competition gets under way on Friday, April 12. Student and apprentice hopefuls will be vying for a position on Team NB, which will compete at the Skills Canada National Competition, to be held in Halifax, NS next month.
“NBCC has built a strong reputation as a leading provider of skills training in New Brunswick, and we’re looking forward to showcasing our facilities and programming along with the incredible skills of New Brunswick’s trades students and apprentices,” said Catherine Black, NBCC Dean of Trades and Hospitality. “By opening our doors to students from secondary schools and the public, we’re giving the next generation of learners the opportunity to see what an education in the skilled trades can provide.”
Competitions are open to the public and to schools in the region from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those attending can also try their hands at the many Try-a-Trade activities on site.
“Skills Canada NB is committed to providing New Brunswick youth with meaningful opportunities to see the full range of viable careers available to them in the trade and technology sectors,” said John Landry, Interim President of the Skills Canada NB Board of Directors.
Each year, Skills Canada NB reaches hundreds of young New Brunswickers through interactive in-class presentations, Trades & Tech Career Exploration for Girls and its signature event, the New Brunswick Skills Competition. Through these initiatives and partnerships with NBCC, CCNB, UNIFOR and the New Brunswick Building Trades Unions, Skills Canada NB has been successful in changing perceptions and encouraging excellence in the skilled trade and technology sectors.
With flexible educational programming that is responsive to the social and economic needs of the Province, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially-recognized public post-secondary institution reputed for producing skilled, knowledgeable graduates who are contributing to the Province’s prosperity. In addition to one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs, NBCC provides specialized and customized training to meet the needs of specific sectors and communities, and delivers apprenticeship training to more than 1,800 learners annually. Find out more by visiting www.nbcc.ca