A.L. Fortune student Kurtis Gordey captured gold at the provincial Skills Canada autobody competition at the TradeX in Abbotsford Wednesday.

A.L. Fortune student Kurtis Gordey captured gold at the provincial Skills Canada autobody competition at the TradeX in Abbotsford Wednesday.

Gordey’s golden

Enderby student excels at Skills Canada competition

An Enderby student proved his excellence in autobody skills, earning him a spot in the national skills competition.

A.L. Fortune student Kurtis Gordey competed in the Skills Canada B.C. provincial competition, which culminated Wednesday, among 567 middle, high, and post-secondary students.

His autobody skills earned him a place among the 49 first place winners, who will compete at the Skills Canada National Competition June 5-8.

“Kurtis is part of the school district’s secondary school apprenticeship program as well as the ACE-IT autobody program,” said Alice Hucul, School District 83 communications. “North Okanagan-Shuswap School District was well represented by the local students who took part in the B.C.-wide event, however, only Kurtis qualified to move on to national competition.”

Gordey joins leading skills students across B.C., which included a number of Okanagan College students.

Medals were awarded to champions in six skilled trade and technology categories:  transportation, construction, manufacturing, information and technology, service and employment.

The Skills Canada British Columbia Competition is the only Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the province.

According to WorkBC, British Columbia is expected to become one of Canada’s economic leaders in the years to come with GDP forecasted to grow by over 25 per cent in the next five years. Increased services, from health care to emerging high-tech to trade occupations are the sectors expected to drive most of the economic growth.

“The goal of this competition is to recognize our brightest skilled trade and technology students for excellence while educating and informing the public on the most in-demand jobs and the fastest growing industry sectors,” said Kelly Betts, Skills BC president.

“The event is also a key annual initiative of Skills Canada British Columbia, helping raise the profile of careers in skilled trades and technologies for students, businesses and educators.”

The Skills Canada National Competition, will be held June 5 to 8 at BC Place, Vancouver. The 49 qualifying winners from the Skills Canada BC Competition will compete against their peers from all regions of Canada. The competition provides an opportunity for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting industry standards and to vie to win the honour of being crowned the best in their chosen discipline.