More than 600 students sawed, pounded and wired away yesterday on the first day the 16th Annual Skills Canada Provincial Skills Competition held in Calgary.

The students from across the province were participating in the trade skills competition, which kicked off yesterday and resumes today, and 40 trades were on display as they chiselled away.

Describing it as the “Olympics” for trades, spokesperson for Skills Canada Shawna Bourke said the competition tests students’ skills while providing an exciting format to showcase.


“In a hot economy it is critical to keeps students personally challenged and developing real world skills,” she said.

Student cabinetmaker and skills competitor Kyle Graham from Wainwright told Metro he was having fun at the competition.

“It’s a good time but you definitely have to keep your eyes on your work,” he said while working away. “I came here to win.”

The competition resumes today at Stampede Park, followed by the awards.

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