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June 1, 2023 4:13 PM

Conestoga student earns bronze at national skills competition

Conestoga Brick and Stone Mason (Apprenticeship) student Cameron Krause earned a bronze medal in Bricklaying at the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition. 

Conestoga student Cameron Krause (right) earned a bronze medal in Bricklaying at the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition. Photo: Skills/Compétences Canada.

Hosted annually, the competition is the only multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country. This year, the event was held from May 25 to 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where more than 500 participants competed for medals in 45 skill areas representing the transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information technology, services, and employment sectors.   

“Events like the Skills Canada National Competition encourage Canadian youth to discover skilled trade and technology careers through interactive activities, and find their passion,” said Shaun Thorson, Skills/Compétences Canada chief executive officer, in a press release. “It also allows us to raise awareness of these important and lucrative careers to our future skilled workforce.”

Krause advanced to the national competition after placing first in Brick Masonry at the Skills Ontario Competition in early May. This is his second Skills Canada National Competition medal, earning gold in 2022, where he advanced to WorldSkills representing Canada.

Conestoga Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding and Robotics student Jackson Macor was also eligible to compete at the national competition after earning gold in Welding at the Skills Ontario Competition.

Founded in 1989, Skills/Compétences Canada is a national, not‐for‐profit organization working with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. 

Conestoga is a provincial leader in the delivery of trades and apprenticeship training to serve industry needs and the growing community. Comprehensive programming includes a wide range of post-secondary trades programs that provide pathways to employment in skilled trades careers as well as pre-apprenticeship training and in-school training for apprentices.

For more information, visit the School of Trades and Apprenticeship.