Young people focus of regional trades event at TRU

Students Grade 6 to 12 will be showcased this week at Thompson Rivers University

KAMLOOPS – Students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 will be showcased this week at Thompson Rivers University at a regional trades skills competition.

The Feb. 27 event is designed to give students an opportunity to explore potential careers in skilled trades and technologies.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA), an agency of the B.C. government, has provided $200,000 in funding to Skills BC to hold 13 regional competitions around the province, culminating in a provincial competition.

“Our government is focused on giving young people all the tools and knowledge they need to chart their course to a prosperous future,” said Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone. “These events are a prime example of how we are doing that.”

Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said, “We are investing in B.C.’s future while inspiring young people to find their niche in what promises to be a very competitive skills market. Hands-on competitions such as this give students a head start in their career search.”

Secondary school students compete in a variety of skills competitions, while those in the lower grades compete in a series of junior skills competitions designed for their skill level.