Landscape Student Wins Gold in National Skills Competition

Landscape Student Wins Gold in National Skills Competition

June 12, 2017, Olds, Alberta: Team Alberta took first place with Ray deKok (left) and Adrian Sinke (right) winning Gold at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) held in Winnipeg, June 1-2, 2017. Both competitors work for Caliber Landscaping in Coalhurst, AB.  Ray is a 4th year student in the Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship Program at Olds College. The pair were joined by coach Stephen Carlton (centre). Stephen is also an alumni of the Olds College Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship Program.

Landscape Student Wins Gold in National Skills CompetitionOver the two-day event, the landscape gardener teams built a project that included a perimeter retaining wall, a deck, planter boxes, a patio and plant material, all within twelve hours. The Alberta team competed against teams from six other provinces with Quebec taking home the Silver medal and Nova Scotia taking home Bronze. Congratulations to all the competitors!

Skills Canada is a national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices. More than 500 young Canadians from across the country competed in over 40 skilled trade and technology contest areas.  The competition is the driving factor in attracting attendance of youth ranging from grades four to twelve from the host community. Truly, the Skills competition is in the business of growing the future of skilled trades.