WorldSkills Team Canada 2024 begins training
This summer Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) announced the 29 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2024 competing in the 47th WorldSkills Competition in Lyon, France in September 2024.
The team of talented young people includes skilled trades apprentices from across the country from different industries. Team members were chosen as the highest ranking, age eligible participant in each Skill Area during the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition. The team will meet this fall to begin preparations for the competition, which includes various training activities and a mental preparation program.
The team includes Noah Harding in the Plumbing and Heating category, and Tyler Cherkowski in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning category, both from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, AB.
“I chose plumbing as a trade to follow in the footsteps of my dad and brother. I grew up around plumbing and around age 13 I fell in love with the jobs I would help them with, and I wanted to learn more about the trade,” says 20-year-old Harding. “I’m happy with the vast amount of knowledge that I’ve gained, and I enjoy the variety in the work. My career goal is to be part owner, with my brother and father, of Boulder Mechanical Contractors Ltd.”
“In high school, I excelled in my welding, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing courses,” says Cherkowski, who is also 20. “My instructors pushed me to pursue a career in the trades, stressing the benefits which include: no debt, learning on the job, and rewarding work. I love the variety in my trade. I get to replace mechanical components, then use diagnostic skills on electrical problems. I also love the physics and science aspects of the job. I’m going to get my Red Seal certification in refrigeration and would like to eventually move into industrial refrigeration. I want to become the best service technician that I can.”
Both Harding and Cherkowski are thrilled to be part of WorldSkills Team Canada 2024. “In high school, my teachers really pushed me to try the skills competitions. I was ecstatic when I learned I’d be competing at WorldSkills Lyon 2024. I never thought that going into this job I’d compete in France and represent WorldSkills Team Canada 2024. What a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” says Cherkowski. Adds Harding: “I got interested in skills competitions after seeing my brother compete when I was eight years old. It’s an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything else. When I learned I’ll be competing at WorldSkills Lyon 2024, for about a week it felt like a dream. I still can’t believe it.”
During the four-day WorldSkills Lyon 2024 event the team will compete against 1,500 participants from more than 60 member countries and regions for the title of world champion in their trade or technology. The theme of the event is Where there is a skill there is a way.
Skills/Compétences Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that promotes careers in skilled trades and technology.