Trades student takes his skills to nationals

Thu, May 21, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) trades student Scott Grimsey will be on his way to Saskatoon next week to compete in Canada’s 2015 National Skills competition.

Grimsey, a New Westminster resident, won gold at the Skills Canada BC provincial skills competition earlier this year for electrical construction. Winning his six-hour challenge – which tests knowledge of residential and commercial electrical systems, troubleshooting ability and circuitry installation – means Grimsey will represent B.C. as one of 55 provincial finalists from a variety of trades and skills areas. 

“It will be a great opportunity to connect with other apprentices across Canada,” said Grimsey, who is an electrical foundation student based at KPU Tech in Cloverdale. “The B.C. win is a great affirmation that this is what I should be doing.  The hardest part of the provincial competition was the actual drive to the competition – worrying about what I’d have to do.”

The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. From May 27-30, the event will host over 500 young learners competing in more than 40 skilled trades and technology contests. More information is available here.

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Caption: KPU trades student Scott Grimsey (second from right) will compete at the 2015 National Skills competition next week in Saskatoon. He’s pictured with (from left) John O’Brian from the Kwantlen Student Association, Trades & Technology dean Brian Haugen and electrical instructor Norm Chamberlain.

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