Cardboard Boat Race

Cardboard Boat Race

Teams of four students in Grade 10, 11 and 12, (from the same school) will design and construct a boat and participate in both a boat race and a weight challenge in a pool.

Armed with cardboard, duct tape and a few other odds and ends, students use skill and ingenuity to transform these materials into a vessel for the water. Not only does their "boat" need to be quick, but it must be capable of carrying passengers as well.

Boats are judged on design, quality of construction, team-work/organization, safety/cleanliness, visual appeal, speed and weight capacity. Each race and weight challenge is timed and recorded by a panel of judges.

The experience helps develop new skills, in addition to strengthening leadership, teamwork and problem solving ability.

Cardboard Boat Race - TBA
17th Wing Fitness and Recreation Centre
680 Whytewold Road (St. James)
Winnipeg, MB

Extreme Sledding

Extreme Sledding

Recognizing that we live in a northern climate, it is time to have some fun and apply our technical skills!

Energized by a 4 person team (grades 7), students will construct a human drawn sled, consisting of cardboard, 2- 2x4's, and a pull rope. Racing through a moto-cross style course, the competition will consist of two trips around the course alternating riders with the pulling team.

This experience will help with the development of new skills, including: leadership, teamwork, problem solving and design. Students, who are up to this challenge, are guaranteed to come out and have a fun filled day.

Thompson, Manitoba - January - March 2023

For more information, please contact Harlie Pruder at

In-School Program

In-School Program

Delivered by liaison officers in a fun and interactive format, this presentation is offered in person, virtually or you have the choice of being sent a pre-recorded video. It will introduce students to a variety of trade and technology occupations that exist and will equip them with information to make informed career choices related to skilled trade and technology occupations.

The presentation includes...

  • The job outlook in Manitoba
  • Various occupational profiles
  • Options for post-secondary schooling in trades & technology areas
  • Information for successful career planning
  • Real life success stories
  • Employability skills

For more information or to book a presentation please contact the Skills Manitoba office.



2022-2023 In-School Flyer download
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Model Wind Turbine Competition

Model Wind Turbine Competition

Grade 9 and 10 students across Manitoba have an opportunity to use their knowledge, skills, leadership, teamwork and ingenuity to design and build a working model wind turbine in a one-day competition.

Teams of four students from the same school will design and construct a working model wind turbine. The students will be given specific materials to construct the wind turbine and will have approximately two hours of building time at the competition site. However, teams may not pre-construct a model wind turbine to use during the competition.

The model wind turbine will need to be solidly constructed and able to generate electrical power, which will be measured. Wind simulation will be created by a fan situated at a measured distance from the wind turbine being tested.

Model wind turbines are judged in three categories: (a) design; (b) construction; and (c) voltage-generating capacity. Each wind turbine design and construction is judged by a panel of expert judges. Turbine voltage-generating capacity is measured electronically and competitively in a progressive play down. Three trophies are awarded-one for each category.

Model Wind Turbine Competition - Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Red River College, Notre Dame Campus, South Gym
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB


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Northern Manitoba Programs

Northern Manitoba Programs

Skills Manitoba in partnership with our Northern Partners, is working to inform northerners about the skills that they need to fill  jobs in the North.

Northern Manitoba Sector Council predicts that the north will need about 2,000 to 2,500 skilled young people ----for all industrial trades----during the next five years.  There is a skilled labour shortage looming  and unemployment crisis in the north.

Skills Manitoba understands that careers in skilled trades make a great first choice career choice.  Our Northern programs will inform students on the hundreds of career opportunities available in the construction, industrial, transportation and technology sectors.

We are pleased to offer engaging, hands on learning opportunities to both middle school and high school students across Manitoba.

We currently are offering:

Northern In-School Program Presentations - September 2022 - June 2023 - Grades 5 - 12

Grade 8 Northern Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase - Thompson - November 25, 2022

Grade 7 Extreme Sledding Challenge - Thompson - January - March 2023

Young Women's Conference - Split Lake - February 8, 2023

Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge - The Pas - February 15, 2023

Young Women's Conference - Thompson - March 8, 2023

Grade 8 Trades and Technology Conference - The Pas - May 17, 2023

Young Women's Grade 6 Trades and Technology Olympics - Flin Flon - May 18, 2023

Skills Summer Camps - Thompson  - June - August 2023


For more information on the Northern Programs, please contact  Michelle Pruder  at or Harlie Pruder at








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Skilled Trades & Technology Showcase

Skilled Trades & Technology Showcase

Each year Skills Manitoba and host schools from around the province come together for a week in February for the Skilled Trades & Technology Showcase.

Each day a host school welcomes grade eight students from around Manitoba to try hands-on activities in different trade and technology areas, learn about their options for secondary schooling and receive guidance on career planning.

The day may also be combined with tours of Manitoba industries so students can learn first hand how skills are applied in the workplace. A brief presentation from "Safe Workers of Tomorrow" may be included in the day.

The showcase is a combination of hands-on learning, demonstrations, presentations and fun!

Skilled Trades & Technology Showcases

Various host schools across Manitoba

Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School - Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School - Wednesday, February 22, 2023



2023 Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase Flyer download
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Young Women’s Conferences

Young Women’s Conferences

The Conference is a one day event for young women to learn about the many trade and technology careers available in today's employment market.

The conference will highlight different vocations in trades and technology, introduce young women to women mentors working in the trades or technology field and provide employment and career planning information. It will feature entertaining and informative keynote speakers and varied hands-on activities and tours.

The conference will run approximately from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Times may vary dependent upon location.

October 19, 2022 -Assiniboine Community College - Dauphin, Manitoba - Grade 8

November 22, 2022 - Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology - Winnipeg, Manitoba - High School - Grades 9 and 10

March 8, 2023 - Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology - Winnipeg, Manitoba - High School Women in Technology Conference - Grades 9 and 10

April 5, 2023 - Assiniboine Community College - Brandon, Manitoba - Grade 8

April 13, 2023 - Red River College, Notre Dame Campus - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Grade 8

May 3, 2023 - Major Pratt School - Russell, Manitoba - Grade 8

June 13, 2023 - Red River College, Notre Dame Campus - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Young Women in Technology Conference - Grades 6, 7 and 8



Young Women's Conference Flyer download
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High School Women in Technology Conference download
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Young Women in Technology Conference download
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Youth in Manufacturing

Youth in Manufacturing

Imagine if you could tour a local company and see the creation of a three dimensional design on a computer, see the transfer of the design to a computer numeric control machine and then get to see the finished product? This program will expose students to manufacturing processes from design to the building and assembling of a product and ultimately the marketing and sales process.

Students in Grades 7 to 10 will have the opportunity to tour an exciting, innovative local industry learning about their manufacturing processes which allow them to compete in the global marketplace. The students will spend the remainder of the day at Red River College touring areas key to manufacturing. They will then create a special project using the information and insight that they have gained throughout the day.

The experience will allow students to observe and try hands-on activities in the many varied areas key to manufacturing in addition to learning about their options for secondary and post-secondary programs so important for career planning.

Youth in Manufacturing Program - Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Red River College (Notre Dame Campus)
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB


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Great jobs...Great future!

“My biggest piece of advice for anyone considering skilled trades –no matter what age, never be afraid to try.”

Ashley Weber

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer, Urban Autobody

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