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Trades competition and career fair part of jam-packed day

TERRACE Northwest Community College (NWCC) Terrace Campus will be abuzz with Trades activities in a week's time. On Friday, March 9, NWCC hosts the Skills Canada NWBC Regional Skills Competition and a Trades Career Fair. It's all happening from 9am to 4pm in Waap Amgam (House of Cedar). A total of 50 students from across the Northwest region have signed up for the Skills Canada NWBC Regional Skills Competition, a healthy boost in numbers from recent years. The competition features three streams, one for post-secondary, one for students in high school and one open to elementary and junior high school students. The post-secondary and high school students will compete in five individual competition categories: Automotive Service (8 participants), Carpentry (13), Culinary Arts/Professional Cook (18), Electrical Wiring (2), and Welding (9). In the Junior Skills category, the Spaghetti Bridge Building competition also received three team entries totalling 15 students in grades 6-9. With a focus already on Trades, NWCC is hosting a Trades Career Fair. The all-day event is open to everyone and is a great opportunity for job-seekers, parents and students searching for the right career, career-changers looking to move to the Trades, and those exploring training options at NWCC. Everyone is welcome to come and experience hands-on skills demonstrations, try our Heavy Equipment Operator simulators, meet with industry representatives and potential employers, take campus tours and enjoy a free barbecue lunch prepared by NWCC Culinary Arts students. The Northwest is on the verge of an economic boom expected to bring up to $30 billion in investment. Of the jobs associated with the major projects, roughly two-thirds of them are in the Trades, Transport and Equipment Operator-related fields. In short, it's a great time to get Trades training at NWCC, where students can choose from Trades Foundation and Apprenticeship training in a number of fields, plus industry-ready certifications that employers are looking for. After all, BC Stats show that 78 percent of projected job openings in the province will require training at the post-secondary level. "This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in a career in Trades, said NWCC Dean of Trades Margo Van der Touw of the two events next week. "The next generation of skilled tradespeople will be displaying their skills for any spectators that want to watch and NWCC's Trades Department will open your eyes to the possibilities of a career that is rewarding, challenging and in demand." Competitions provide a forum for pre-college students to develop and showcase their technical skills. And while the competition is for fun, the rewards are potentially great. On the line for the competing post-secondary and secondary school-aged students are prizes and places for category winners to advance to provincial-level competition. Winners at the BC level could go on to compete at Nationals or even the World Skills event held bi-annually! Skills Canada British Columbia is a provincial, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, associations, labour groups and government to promote skilled trade and technology careers to youth. Seabridge Gold is the Platinum sponsor for both events, and other sponsors are BC Hydro, Progressive Ventures, Ridley Terminals, Maher Terminals, Imperial Metals, Kitimat LNG/ Apache, Bechtel Canada/Rio Tinto Alcan, and Enbridge Northern Gateway. Industry sponsorship is vital to the success of both these events and other collaborations with NWCC.

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