By Mike Davey
Moncton, New Brunswick — June 7, 2016 — The 2016 Skills Canada National Competition is now underway at the Moncton Coliseum.
The event kicked off on June 5 with student orientation and welcome reception. The competition portion of the event officially started on June 6 and continued on June 7. In addition to the competitions, the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition also included the Career Zone Trade Show and Try-A-Trade events, where students can try out various skilled trades. Virtual painting, which allows students to try their hand at automotive refinishing, is reportedly a huge hit.
There are dozens of competitions going on at the National Competition, in almost every conceivable skilled trade. Autobody Repair has 15 students competing this year, drawn from provincial events held across the country. Car Painting has almost as many students in the running, with 14 competitors.
The Autobody Repair competition will feature something new for 2016: aluminum repair. This is becoming more prevalent in autobody shops, so it’s good to see that the competition is keeping up with the times.
The winners from each competition will be eligible to join Team Canada and compete in WorldSkills 2017. The event will take place October 14 to 18, 2017 in Abu Dhabi.
The official closing ceremonies take place June 8. Watch collisionrepairmag.com for more reports at the conclusion of the competition.
For more information, please visit skillscompetencescanada.com.