UFV takes home hardware at BC Skills Competition

Clayton Steinbach, Gold medalist, Heavy Mechanical, UFV with instructor Jamie Ubell

UFV trades students earned five medals at the Provincial Skills Canada British Columbia competition held in Abbotsford at Tradex on April 5. UFV students, including high school students who are taking entry level trades training at UFV, won four golds and a silver medal.

Medalists:

  • Andrew Drake – Gold, Automation and Control, UFV
  • Clayton Steinbach – Gold, Heavy Mechanical, UFV
  • Michaela Sapielak – Gold, Architectural Drafting, Abbotsford Senior Secondary
  • Nick Viger – Silver, Architectural Drafting, WJ Mouat Secondary
  • Dallas Stevenson – Gold, Electrical Wiring, WJ Mouat Secondary

Students participated in Olympic-style contests with gold medal winners advancing to the Canadian Skills Competition in Winnipeg this spring. Competitors who win gold medals in Winnipeg will earn the right to represent Canada at the World Championships in Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this October.

Joel Feenstra and Andrew Drake, Gold medalist, Automation and Control, UFV

“We’re extremely proud of these students’ accomplishments. We find they demonstrate the attributes required as trades professionals, and as future leaders in their industries,” said Randy Kelley, Director of Trades at UFV.

“The Skills Canada competition provides an opportunity for today’s aspiring trades people to showcase their knowledge and the skills they are continuously developing both at UFV and during the on-the-job component of their apprenticeships,” he added.

Dallas Stephenson, Gold medalist, Electrical Wiring, from WJ Mouatt high school with Brock Hartman, UFV instructor

Since 1994, SkillsBC has been providing thousands of students with the opportunity to compete and to watch their peers showcase trades and technology skills in an environment of friendly competition.

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