Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Culinary Arts Skills Canada Competition Support

The Details

Culinary Arts Skills Canada Competition Support

Investment: $62,500 endowment generating $2,500 per year.
$2,500 per year for five years.

Opportunity

$2,500 annually would cover the Culinary Arts Department’s costs for running the Cariboo Junior Skills Competition (for teams of students in grades 6 to 9) and the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition (primarily for secondary students). Gold Medal winners in the Cariboo Junior Skills and the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition may be invited to compete in the Skills BC competition. This financial support would also establish funding for winning TRU students to compete in the Skills BC Competition, which most recently took place in Abbotsford. Gold medal winners in The Skills BC Competition may be invited to compete as part of Team BC in the Skills Canada Competition.

Impact

Make a difference for the best Culinary Arts students at TRU. Help the Culinary Arts department host the Cariboo Skills Competitions and assist winning students with travel costs to the BC competition. Ensure that the next generation of TRU Culinary Arts winners has their chance to shine, locally and provincially.

Skills Canada British Columbia (Skills BC) is a proactive nonprofit organization that partners with government, educators, private industry and labour to promote and celebrate the skilled trades & technologies as first choice career opportunities for young people across the province. As a means of helping to offset current and pending labour shortages in skilled labour in the province, Skills BC offers positive and exciting hands-on experiences to thousands of students annually.

Skills BC hosts 13 Regional and 1 Provincial Competition each year. Winners of the Regional competitions advance to the Provincials where they have the chance of advancing to the National and/or WorldSkills competitions. The competitions serve two main purposes. The first is to celebrate and reward students for excellence in their mastery of skilled trade & technology skills in a manner that directly involves industry in evaluating student performance and that keeps training relevant to employers’ needs. The second is to create an interactive and engaging environment for the thousands of young people who attend the competitions as spectators. It is Skills BC’s goal to showcase the skilled trades & technologies as first choice careers to the thousands of young people who attend the competitions annually. (http://www.skillscanada.bc.ca/)

The skills and knowledge that are tested at the competitions are general cooking skills, timing, creativity, work habits, presentation of food, appropriate tasting/seasoning of food, safety, cleanliness and hygiene, use of leftovers, ability to work under pressure, ability to prepare a menu from set recipes, knowledge of current culinary trends and modern plate presentation.