By:  Reginald Tiangha

If you haven’t heard by now, today is the start of the 40th WorldSkills Competition being held at Stampede Park.

Every couple of years, hundreds of young people from around the globe skilled in various disciplines of trades and technology gather along with their teachers and trainers to compete and participate in tests of skill involving 45 different skill categories and against demanding international standards.

900 competitors drawn from 51 countries/regions will be represented at this year’s competition, with eight of those competitors coming from Alberta (and seven of which are from Calgary and the surrounding area!).

The main competition will be held from now until September 5, and all of the events being held during this time are free for the public to attend!

In addition to the competition itself, there will be many exhibits and pavilions open to the public that visitors can check out.  These include:

  • Skill City, where visitors can participate in events ranging from carpentry to computer animation.
  • The Global Skills Village, where visitors can consider new career paths and interact with over 120 exhibitors from various industries and institutions.
  • Canada House, containing fun and interactive displays offering information about various fields for both potential students/workers and other influencers.
  • Alberta House, a showcase displaying Alberta’s key strengths in skills, trades, technologies, and more.

There should be plenty to see and do at Stampede Park this week, so why not drop by and see what the entire city has been talking about?

If you’re trying to plan your week, a schedule can be found here and a venue map here.  Hope to see you there!