Final countdown for WorldSkills competitors
June 24, 2013 – Five NAIT apprentices will represent Canada at the ‘Olympics’ of trades and technology skills in Germany next month. The 42nd annual WorldSkills Competition runs from July 2 -7 in the city of Leipzig. This is among the largest contingent of NAIT apprentices to ever participate in the WorldSkills.
“These apprentices will be competing against some of the world’s best up-and-coming tradespeople,” said Peter Lawlor, dean of the School of Trades. “The fact we are sending five apprentices to this prestigious event speaks to the strength of the training system in Alberta and the quality of education we offer at NAIT. We’ll be cheering them on to bring home the medals.”
The five NAIT apprentices who will compete for Team Canada are:
1. Tyler Kenyon (Automobile Technology)
2. Bart VanHaaren (Joinery)
3. Tyler Hore (Car Painting)
4. Michael Scheideman (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning)
5. Nolan Spak (Sheet Metal Technology)
These individuals qualified for Team Canada following gold medal wins at the Skills Canada National Competition 2012, which was held last May at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
The last WorldSkills was held in London, England in October 2011. NAIT’s Sean Donnan, an apprentice in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic program, was the only Edmontonian to compete in the international challenge. He finished 12th out of 26 and received a medallion of excellence. This time, Donnan is coaching Scheideman.
The WorldSkills competition is held every two years. Hundreds of young skilled people gather from around the world to compete before the public and test themselves against demanding international standards.
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 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 in 1962.
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