The Skills Canada Northwest Territories (SCNWT) team recently travelled to Winnipeg, MB for the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), the biggest skilled trade and technology competition in Canada. With 44 members, including 18 competitors from across the Northwest Territories, SCNWT aimed high as they competed against other provinces for a chance at gold.
“We are proud of our NWT youth who have worked hard all year to compete at this level,” said Executive Director of SCNWT, Blake Moulton. “Going head-to-head with other provinces and territories is an amazing opportunity for our youth to learn more about their chosen fields and gain confidence in their skills.”
At the competition, SCNWT members showcased their creative problem solving abilities and technical skills in a variety of categories such as Mobile Robotics, Cooking, Hairstyling and Carpentry. The team was also able to meet industry professionals and mentors while networking with potential employers.
By taking part in SCNC 2023, SCNWT has been able to support and highlight local businesses, schools and apprenticeships across the Northwest Territories while providing youth with invaluable experiences that will stay with them throughout their lives. SCNC 2023 saw over 12,000 student visitors and attendees who came through to observe the competitions, and engage with several career expo booths.
Throughout the Territorial and National Competition, competitors came from Yellowknife, Ulukhaktok, Behchokǫ̀, Inuvik and Fort McPherson. Skills Canada NWT is dedicating to fostering an environment where everyone can achieve success regardless of where they come from.
Skills Canada NWT would like to thank the Government of Canada, Government of Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture, and Employment, Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mine, and Workers' Safety & Compensation Commission for making these incredible opportunities possible. A special thank you to all volunteers, educators and business owners for once again, supporting the development of skilled trade and technology careers throughout the Northwest Territories.