World Skills 2009 brought in $1.4 million for Alberta Heritage for World Skills scholarships.

A legacy event held yesterday showcased the success of Calgary’s 2009 team and the attention the event brought to the trades industry in Alberta.

“I’m pumped, it’s pretty exciting,” said Sean Donnan, a member of Canada’s 2011 team.
“It’s something the new apprentices can look up to.”

After hosting the 2009 edition of the World Skills competition, Calgary saw a 65 per cent increase in the number of high school students participating in provincial trades competitions.

Chris Browton, executive director of Skills Alberta said, “This is where the lesser known occupations get some profile.”

Canada is sending 35 competitors to the World Skills 2011 event in London.