KELOWNA – Students in Kelowna will showcase their talents in skilled trades and technologies in one of 13 regional Skills Canada British Columbia (SkillsBC) competitions being held in communities across the province. Okanagan College in Kelowna will be hosting this event starting at 10:00 a.m. this Friday, March 4, 2016.

Regional Competitions allow B.C. students from grade 6 to grade 12 to showcase their talents as they compete in a variety of skills competitions from creative arts and fashion to construction, manufacturing and engineering.

“We know approximately one million jobs are expected to open in our province by 2024, and eight out of ten of them will require post-secondary education or skilled trades training,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Events like these help local students hone their skills to be first in line for those jobs.”

“Kelowna students continue to impress us with the level of excellence they bring to these annual Skills BC events,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “Good luck to all participants, not only in their respective competitions but in their drive for successful careers in trades and technology.”

“Skills BC helps raise the profile, importance, benefits and opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “These competitions are a great way to develop and showcase talent, and pursue a path to career success.”

Each year, SkillsBC, a provincial non-profit organization that promotes in-demand skilled trade and technology careers to B.C. students in grades 6 to 12, holds 13 regional competitions and one provincial Olympic-style competition. Winners of the regional events advance to the Provincials where they have the chance of advancing to the national and/or WorldSkills competitions.

Since its creation 22 years ago, Skills BC has provided tens of thousands of B.C. students with opportunities to explore skilled trades and technology careers.