Striking Gold in Skilled Trades

11th Saskatchewan Skills Competition - Regina

Regina, April 2, 2009 – The 11th Saskatchewan Skills Competition, presented by SaskPower will take place in Regina on April 2-3, 2009. The event, which attracts over 350 high school, apprentice and technical institute competitors, showcases the expertise of tomorrow’s expert tradespersons and promotes careers in trades and technologies.

“The mission of Skills Canada Saskatchewan is to promote skilled trades and technologies as a first-choice career option for youth in Saskatchewan,” says Conrad E. Pura, Executive Director of Skills Canada Saskatchewan. “An event like this turns the spotlight on these young people that are demonstrating some excellent talent.  Employers should come out and find their next great employee.”


Venues for the 11th Saskatchewan Skills Competition include Campbell Collegiate, Richards Beauty College, SIAST Wascana Campus and Winston Knoll Collegiate.

Competitions run at all locations from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday April 3, 2009 with the highlite of the event being the Olympic style Medal Presentation in front of 500 people at Evraz Place – Queensbury Centre (Salons A-C) starting at 8:00 pm.  Visitors are welcome and there is no charge for the events. 

This is a qualifying event for competitors to represent Team Saskatchewan at the 15th Canadian Skills Competition in Charlottetown, PEI from May 20-23, 2009.

“The number of students taking technical programs at the high school level has increased, and one of the reasons is the promotion of skills within the province,” says Donavon Elliott, Chair of Skills Canada Saskatchewan, and a teacher at Carlton Comprehensive High School in Prince Albert. “As an educator and a parent, I am hoping to see that the experience the students gain by participating in a Skills Canada Saskatchewan event will encourage them to consider a trade as a viable career option.”

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