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Release Date: June 10, 2016

Camosun College South Island Partnership student Jake Schuttinga won gold in Carpentry at the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition held in Moncton, New Brunswick from June 5 to 8. Colin Hosakawa, a Plumbing and Pipe Trades apprentice, won silver in the Sprinkler Systems category.

Schuttinga has competed in numerous competitions and has been coached by his secondary school woodwork teachers Joel Evans and Trevor Royle as well as by Camosun instructors Al Van Akker and Derek Smith. This year, he completed the dual credit Carpentry Foundation program at Camosun College. He currently works for Road's End Contracting.

Hosakawa is a member of UA Local 324 currently working for Cascade Fire Protection Ltd. He previously won gold at the BC Provincial competition.

It was a banner year for the whole Skills Team BC who brought home 26 medals, with nine gold, seven silver and ten bronze—a result that secured second overall in the country for medal count.

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. Each year, over 500 competitors from all regions of Canada participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions.

By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete at the national level, SCNC provides an opportunity to showcase trade and technology careers and skills.

Skills Canada 2016 carpentry winners Jake Schuttinga, Gold medalist at the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition

Team Canada will go to Abu Dhabi in the summer of 2017. Schuttinga is hoping that his gold medal win will put him in contention for the national team which has not yet been selected.

Congratulations to all the competitors, and good luck to the contenders advancing to the worlds!

Last updated: June 14, 2016 2:56 pm

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