The winners of the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition have been announced.
OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition officially ended yesterday in Salzburg, Austria, where the remaining seven Skills Areas were hosted. The results of the last competition were announced last night at the Closing Ceremony. Congratulations to Malcolm Matwijec from Ontario who won the Bronze Medal in Heavy Vehicle Technology!
There were 27 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2022 who competed at this international event over the past three months, all over the world. WorldSkills Team Canada 2022 won three Medals and four Medallions for Excellence. Congratulations to the medalists: Korae Nottveit from Alberta who won the Gold medal in Cooking, Emma Kilgannon from Ontario who won the Bronze medal in Pâtisserie and Patisserie, and Malcolm Matwijec from Ontario who won the Bronze medal in Heavy Vehicle Technology. Congratulations to the winners of the Medallion for Excellence: Dayton Playford, in Welding, from Alberta; Laurence Racine, in Fashion Technology, from Quebec; Dorien Lozeau, in Car Painting, from Alberta, and Leah Lucyshyn, in Graphic Design Technology, from Saskatchewan.
The 2022 WorldSkills Competition Special Edition included 62 Skill Areas, and more than 1,000 competitors from around the globe who competed for the title of international champion. To represent Canada at the WorldSkills Competition, competitors had to earn the right through the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition, in Vancouver, last May. Canada participated in a total of 27 Skill Areas that were hosted in 11 countries.
The 46th WorldSkills Competition was initially planned to be held in Shanghai, in October 2022. However, due to lockdowns and ongoing pandemic prevention and control restrictions in China, holding the event was not possible in 2022. After the decision, WorldSkills Members and Global Partners began discussions about alternative opportunities for the Competitors who have been preparing for WorldSkills Competition 2022. WorldSkills International and its member countries and regions have come together to create the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition. Thanks to the commitment of WorldSkills Partners and Members, 62 skills competitions were held in 29 events, in 26 cities, in 15 countries and regions between September 7 and November 26, 2022.
“Skills/Compétences Canada would like to congratulate the members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2022 for their outstanding performance in their Skill Area at the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition. We are very proud of their achievements at this prestigious international competition, they are all capable champions” , said Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills/Compétences Canada.
The WorldSkills Competition, which is usually held every two years, is the world’s largest professional education event and represents the gold standard of excellence in skilled trades and technologies. The WorldSkills Competition inspires young competitors to reach new heights, helping them turn their passion into a profession. WorldSkills Competitions creates a global platform to help young people change their lives through skills. #SkillsChangeLives.
According to a report published last January by Employment and Social Development Canada, it is estimated that 700,000 skilled trades workers will retire by 2028. Getting Canadian youth interested in a career in the skilled trades is crucial to our country’s economic growth.
About Skills/Competencies Canada
Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization with partner Skills Canada organizations in each of the provinces/territories that work with employers, educators, labor groups and governments to promote skilled trade and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public-sector partners enables it to work to secure Canada’s future skilled labor needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trade and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trade awareness programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills/Competencies Canada is the Canadian member organization of WorldSkills.
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