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2017 Skills Competition Coming to Toronto

April 25, 2017
Ontario Technological Skills Competition
Kirsten Peters of IBEW Local 353

Apprentice Kirsten Peters of IBEW Local 353 at Skills.

The ECAO-IBEW are proud sponsors the Electrical Installation competitions at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC). This year, it’s taking place May 1 – 3 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Over the two days, students from elementary, high school and postsecondary will compete in their respective competitions.

The post-secondary construction trades include electrical, plumbing, carpentry, crane operators, sheet metal, heating systems, automation and control, sprinkler fitting, home building, brick masonry, HVAC and more.

Other skilled and technological trades like robotics, electronics, automotive, culinary arts, animation, and fashion trades will be represented.

Promoting IBEW Standards of Excellence

The main event takes place on May 2. Electrical Apprentices from across Ontario will be competing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in an electrical project requiring completion of a variety of electrical trade tasks.

Over the past 19 years, about 70% of the electrical medal winners have been IBEW apprentices, which speaks to the quality of our apprenticeship program and training standards.

We’re sure you’ll be joining us in wishing all our IBEW apprentices good luck in this year’s competition: Christopher Defilippis of Local 353, David Butson of Local 105, Kris Verwolf of Local 120, and Andrew Padre-Cura of Local 804.

Apprentice D.J. Thomas of IBEW Local 1687

Apprentice D.J. Thomas of IBEW Local 1687 at Skills.

Promotional Benefits

The competition is a major event, with over 2,000 competitors and over 25,000 spectators from government, private industry, education, and the general public.

Not only is it a nice perk when an IBEW apprentice wins, the ECAO- IBEW Interactive Careers booth provides Ontario youth with information about the electrical trade. It also gives us a chance to reach out to the community to promote the important work we do to keep Ontario’s schools and businesses powered up.

Each year the ECAO and IBEW sponsors a number of events:

Two electrical installation competitions – including at the postsecondary level (16 students) and at the secondary level (24 students) as well.
Several elementary electrical workshops that helps teens learn more about the electrical trade, and hopefully get inspired to make it their career choice.

Together, the ECAO and IBEW reflect a united and vibrant unionized electrical construction industry that promotes a strong and committed apprenticeship system.

For more information about Skills, check out their website >

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