Competition Review Process
In cases where it is believed that there was an unfairness that occurred during the competition a competitor and coach may enter a challenge. Skills Canada Saskatchewan has a competition Review committee at each Provincial competition. The committee is set up to hear any cases that are not able to be decided by the technical committee chairperson running each competition. A copy of the competition review process is listed on the Skills Canada Saskatchewan website. There are specific timelines to have one's grievance reviewed so it is very important for the competitor to indicate to the PTC chairperson immediately if they have a concern.
An awards ceremony will be held after the competition is completed at the Provincial Competition. The awards ceremony includes a banquet and a few guest speakers. At the awards ceremonies, competition awards in Gold, Silver, and Bronze are awarded. There are no ties in competitions as only three awards are given out and the Gold winner is invited to become a member of Team Saskatchewan.
Choosing Competitors/ Registration
Each competition area at the high school (secondary) will allow for one competitor per school entry. Each high school will choose their best competitor to compete in the Provincial Skills competition. This can be done through entering a regional competition in your area if one is being held or by holding a shorter skills challenge at the school level. Alternate competitors can only be entered if Skills Saskatchewan indicates that more than one entry will be accepted in a specific competition area when registration opens.
Post-secondary competitors can enter on line and be chosen by their instructor at one of the SIAST campuses. In some cases competitions may have to be held internally to decide the person eligible for the provincial competition. Only one entry will be allowed per SIAST campus unless Skills Saskatchewan indicates that more than one competitor will be allowed in specified competitions when registration opens. When there is only one campus offering the program in the competition then the campus will determine how many seats we can host.
Apprentice competitors and special training centres can register on line for the competition area they are skilled in and wish to enter.
Each Provincial Skills competition area has a written criteria document called a scope document, which provides the competitor and the advisor or coach with the information required to compete in their chosen skill or technology area. The scope document is found online on the Skills Canada Saskatchewan website under the competitions section. The scope document outlines the safety guidelines that need to be followed, the purpose of the competition each person has entered, the skills and knowledge required, the tools required by the competitor, the tools supplied by the competition area, the clothing and attire required, the project description, the type of material that will be used in the project, the length of the competition including start time and any special need to know pieces of information. Each competitor must know about the scope document in order to be successful in the competition.
The intent of the competition is to bring together a number of the best high school, post-secondary students, apprentices and other training program young people, to showcase each person's skills and knowledge in the skilled trades and technologies in our province. There are two competition categories – secondary (high school students) and post-secondary (SIAST students, apprentices and other training facility students).
The competition provides a venue for youth in our province to compete against other Saskatchewan youth at a skilled trade or technology that they have been working on during the year.
The reason for showcasing each category of competitor is to promote each individual as a possible employee for companies and industries in Saskatchewan and to encourage them to complete their course work or apprenticeship. For high school students the showcasing is to encourage each person to possibly choose their choice of skilled trades and technologies training as a future career. This is Saskatchewan's future workforce!
The Executive Director through the Skills Saskatchewan office makes the decision annually which competition areas they will host competitions in. There are 44 competition areas hosted by the Skills Canada National Organization which each province or territory can choose from. Of these 34 are post-secondary competitions and 29 are secondary competitions. In Saskatchewan we usually host 30 secondary and 28 post-secondary competitions each year.
Once the decision is made on the competitions to be hosted the Executive Director develops a Provincial Technical committee to run and organize each competition area. The committee has a Provincial Technical chair and working members. The duties of the PTC are outlined in the Skills Canada Saskatchewan provincial technical manual. The primary duties are to set up and run each competition. They are involved in fundraising for their competition, finding equipment and tools, supplies for the projects and skill presentation, recruit judges and volunteers and any prizes they wish to give away to their winners or all of their competitors.
The technical committee also sets the competition rules, the projects to be designed and completed and the judging criteria.
The competitions are held over one day. They usually run for 5- 7 hours depending upon what the PTC decides is enough time to complete the project assigned for the competition. Some of the competitions have a written component. The written component is not to consume more than 20% of the mark and usually is completed within ½ - 1 hour of the competition time.
The major equipment used for the competition is supplied though the Skills Saskatchewan program (this is usually an in kind donation of facility and equipment space from a SIAST campus, the UA's or high schools involved). Competitors bring their own small hand tools and tool box or specific supplies as outlined in the scope document. The project supplies are provided by the technical committee through donations from vendors within the province.
Projects are judged using criteria explained in the scope document or at the morning meeting before competition starts. Judges from industry are usually available to judge the completed projects.
Saskatchewan's provincial skills and technology competition is hosted annually in a city in Saskatchewan that has a SIAST training facility. The reason for this is that the SIAST campuses have the most up to date training equipment, the largest amount of equipment and the largest space to accommodate a competition. The organization also asks one or more high schools, with Practical and Applied Arts facilities, in the city chosen each year to participate. Because of the number of secondary and post-secondary competitors in the competition large facilities are required.