Team Canada fared well at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 with five medals, two silver and three bronze, as well as 10 Medallions of Excellence, showcasing just what Canada has to offer.
While several of the medals were outside of the construction trades, two of the bronze medal performances were for refrigeration and air conditioning and heavy vehicle maintenance. Other members of the Canadian team who competed in construction-related trades received Medallions of Excellence.
"We are very proud of Team Canada's performance at WorldSkills 2015, especially in light of the growing number of Member Countries," said Shaun Thorson, chief executive officer with Skills/Compétences Canada. "The dedication, training and skills that these talented young individuals have demonstrated is truly remarkable and will help propel them forward as they pursue careers in Canada's skilled trade and technology workforce."
Twenty-nine young skills champions from across Canada made up the team, with the group taking part in 27 out of 50 team and/or individual skill areas relating to trades, technologies, and service-oriented careers, explains a release.
WorldSkills is the largest international competition of its kind. It occurs every two years and "provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy."
Competitors are selected from WorldSkills' Member countries and regions and represent the best of their peers. Skills Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills International.
WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 represents the largest in the 65-year history of WorldSkills with 1,189 registered competitors from 59 WorldSkills Member countries and regions, the release continues.
The event took place from Aug. 11 to 16 and included 1,144 registered experts, 301 registered interpreters and 800 volunteers. As many as 200,000 spectators, public policymakers, employers, teachers, trainers, technical experts and government officials from around the world attended, the release states.
The next WorldSkills Competition takes place October 14 to 19, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.