Four NAIT apprentices headed to WorldSkills competition
Their skills will be put to the test in the ‘Olympics of trades’ in São Paolo, Brazil
Four NAIT apprentices will be among Team Canada’s competitors at the WorldSkills International Competition in São Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 11-16.
Trevor Fandrick (CNC Turning), Jacob Fluker (Electrical Installations), Ken Howe (Plumbing and Heating) and Brennan Roy-Bertin (Industrial Control) qualified at the provincial and national levels to be eligible to compete in WorldSkills. They are among eight Albertans on the 32-member Canadian team.
In each of the four days of competition, apprentices will be asked complete a specified task by the end of the day, and will be judged on their work each night. Competitors include the top 25 apprentices in each trade from around the world.
• Every two years, the WorldSkills International Competition brings together more than 1,000 competitors from around the world.
• WorldSkills is the largest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world.
• The NAIT competitors earned a spot on Team Canada at the 2014 Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto.
Malcolm Haines, dean of NAIT’s School of Trades
“We’re extremely proud of our students who have qualified to compete and of our faculty and staff who have supported and trained them. The exposure these competitions provide for the skilled trades is invaluable to show our youth that these are challenging and rewarding first-choice careers.”
Matthew Lindberg, NAIT instructor and skills trainer
“Just competing at this level is such an honour – it’s the Olympics of trades. It showcases and highlights the amount of training they put in to compete. It’s staggering to see how passionate they are about what they’re doing and where their skills can take them in their careers.”
Trevor Fandrick, CNC Turning competitor
“My career goal is to never stop learning new advancements. Whether you’re in the competition or training, you’re always going to have to keep learning. Continuously learning will give you the advantage over others.”
WorldSkills São Paulo website: http://www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com/en/
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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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