TORONTO — The Skills Ontario Competition took place recently at the Toronto Congress Centre featuring 68 skilled trades and technologies contests and 2,300 competitors from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across the province.
The event remains the largest skilled trades and technology competition in Canada, states a Skills Ontario release.
A broad range of skills and careers were represented from across the manufacturing, transportation, construction, service and technology sectors, as students competed for gold, silver and bronze medals.
About $68,000 in monetary awards were presented to medallists in select contest areas and categories, as were job offers from partner organizations at the closing ceremony.
Gold medallists in select contests are also eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, which takes place May 31 to June 3 in Winnipeg.
"Those who compete at the Skills Ontario Competition are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario," said Gail Smyth, executive director for Skills Ontario, in a statement.
"Because of the contribution from many industry, education and government partners, including the Government of Ontario, Skills Ontario is able to help prepare Ontario’s youth for a highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow through such initiatives as the Skills Ontario Competition."