Eleven NAIT apprentices competing on the national stage
Eleven NAIT apprentices have qualified for the Skills Canada National Competition 2012, an event that brings together the best skilled trade and technology students from across the country.
These 11 individuals qualified for the nationals by winning gold at the Provincial Skills Canada Competition, held May 10-11 in Edmonton.
“We are extremely proud of these apprentices and all those who competed at the Provincial Skills Competition for a chance of representing Alberta on the national stage,” said Peter Lawlor, dean of trades at NAIT and president of the Skills Canada Alberta board. “It’s events like these that demonstrate the immense talent we have not only at NAIT, but throughout the province, and help in creating a fully skilled workforce for Alberta and Canada. Congratulations to all.”
The Provincial Skills Canada Competition included 650 high school and post-secondary students from across the province, competing in 44 skill areas. NAIT’s first-place finishers were:
- Auto Service - Tyler Kenyon (Wetaskiwin)
- Cabinet Making - Bart VanHaaren (Ponoka)
- Car Painting - Tyler Hore (Hinton)
- Culinary Arts - Peter Keith (Edmonton)
- Electrical Wiring - Robert Mitchell (Edmonton)
- Heavy Equipment Service - Bradley MacIntosh (Edmonton)
- Industrial Mechanic/Millwright - Bronson Backshall (Edmonton)
- Mechanical Insulations – Brandon Simms
- Mechatronics - Josh Lecerf
- Refrigeration - Michael Scheideman (Grande Prairie)
- Sheet Metal - Nolan Spak (St. Albert)
The Skills Canada National Competition runs May 14 to 15 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Winners may qualify to compete on Team Canada at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition, taking place in July 2013 in Leipzig, Germany. The members of Team Canada will be announced by Skills Canada on May 16.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health care and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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