Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Skills Canada

Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC) is a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote careers in skilled trades and technology to Canadian youth. This unique position among private and public sector partners enables Skills Canada to work toward securing Canada’s future skilled labour needs while helping our youth to discover rewarding careers.

New Skills Logo

In 2020 there will be four levels of Skills Canada competition.

  • Cariboo Junior Skills Competition at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) on Friday, March 6, 2020, is for teams of students in grades 6 to 9. Gold Medal winners in the Cariboo Junior Skills competition may be invited to compete in the Skills BC competition.
  • Cariboo Regional Skills Competition at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) on Friday, March 6, 2020.  This competition is primarily for secondary students although some post-secondary competitions may be held as a “warm-up” to the Skills BC competition. Gold medal winners in the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition may be invited to compete in the Skills BC competition.
  • Skills BC Competition - April 15, 2020, at Tradex, Abbotsford. Gold medal winners in The Skills BC Competition may be invited to compete as part of Team BC in the Skills Canada Competition.
  • Skills Canada Competition - May 28-29, 2020, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC.

2020 Skills Canada Competitions

Competitors in grades 6 to 9 will compete in Cariboo Junior Skills Competitions in the following categories:

  • Gravity Vehicle Race
  • Spaghetti Bridge
  • Wind Turbine
  • Potential Energy Vehicle

Competitors from the Regional high schools will compete in the following categories at the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition:

  • Automotive Service
  • Cabinet Making
  • Carpentry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Welding

Competitors from TRU's Trades and Technology students will compete in the following categories at the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition:

  • Automotive Service
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Heavy Mechanical Service
  • Plumbing
  • Welding

Gold medal winners from the Cariboo Junior Skills Competition and Cariboo Regional Skills Competition may be invited to participate at the Skills BC Competition.

April 15, 2020, at Tradex, Abbotsford.

Gold medal winners from the Skills BC Competition may be invited to participate at the Skills Canada Competition.

May 28-29, 2020, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC.

Affiliation and registration information

Each school must be affiliated with Skills Canada BC.

The cost for affiliation is either $50 per school which includes two students, PLUS $15 for each student registered to a maximum of $200 in a competition or a flat rate of $200 per for any number of students.

To affiliate your school:

  1. Go to www.skillscanada.bc.ca
  2. Click on competitions (in yellow on left)
  3. Click on registration (in blue on left)
  4. Click on here (in blue on right) to become affiliated
  5. Enter required information

Once your school is affiliated, your students will be eligible to compete in the Cariboo Junior Skills and Cariboo Regional Skills Competitions. They will be eligible to compete in The Skills Canada BC Competition in Abbotsford. They may be eligible to compete in the Skills Canada Competition in Halifax Nova Scotia.  Please note that affiliation began January 2018.

Please note that the Cariboo Regional Skills Coordinator cannot affiliate your school; you must complete this task yourself.

To register your students:

  1. Please refer to the scope document below for team requirements (if applicable)
  2. Compile your list of students/teams
  3. Have all students sign the Skills Canada Waiver of Liability Form
  4. Email lists and completed waivers to Jaclyn Hellquist - jhellquist@tru.ca 

*Please note that no substitutes or replacements will be allowed on the day of the competition.

Registration for the Cariboo Regional Skills and Cariboo Junior Skills Competitions will open in December 2019.

Please see the below Scope Documents. If there is any difficulty in obtaining the relevant Cariboo Junior Skills or Cariboo Regional Skills Competition documents, please contact Pat Barringer, Cariboo Regional Skills Coordinator at pbarringer@tru.ca.

Scope documents

Students registered for the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition at TRU on March 2, 2018, MUST USE ONLY the Scope Documents identified as:

Cariboo Junior Skills Competition OR Cariboo Regional Skills Competition
Thompson Rivers University
March 6, 2020

2019 Junior Skills Scope Documents

If there is any difficulty in obtaining the relevant Cariboo Regional Skills Competition documents please contact Pat Barringer, Cariboo Regional Skills Coordinator at pbarringer@tru.ca.

For further information, please contact Pat Barringer, Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and Try-A-Trade Coordinator at pbarringer@tru.ca.

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