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.

2018 Cardboard Boat Race - December 5, 2018
17th Wing Fitness and Recreation Centre
680 Whytewold Road (St. James)
Winnipeg, MB


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2018 Cardboard Boat Race Registration Form download

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, 8 & 9), 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.

Please note:  The Extreme Sledding Competition will not be held in 2019.   

In-School Program

In-School Program

Delivered by liaison officers in a fun and interactive format, this presentation 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.

*Please note - For presentations outside a two-hour radius from the City of Winnipeg, travel expenses may be charged.


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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.

2018 Model Wind Turbine Competition - October 30, 2018
Red River College, Notre Dame Campus, South Gym
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB


2018 Model Wind Turbine Competition Flyer download
2018 Model Wind Turbine Competition Information Package download
2018 Model Wind Turbine Competition Registration Form download

North End Trades Discovery Initiatives

North End Trades Discovery Initiatives

Students in elementary and high schools in Winnipeg’s North End neighbourhood will learn more about careers in the skilled trades through an innovative new program. The North End Trades Discovery Initiative is a partnership between Skills Canada Manitoba, the Community Education Development Association (CEDA), the Winnipeg School Division and the Manitoba government. The initiative will co-ordinate a range of programs and activities for students to learn about the skilled trades and gain first-hand experience.

The North End Trades Discovery Initiative has several levels of learning opportunities including:

  • trades awareness experiences for Grade 5 and 6 students at David Livingstone, Niji Mahkwa and William Whyte schools with in-school projects and summer camp programs at R.B. Russell Vocational High School;
  • opportunities for some Grade 7 and 8 students at Niji Mahkwa involved in the CEDA Pathways to Education Program to go on industry tours and experience an after-school trade activity at R.B. Russell Vocational High School; and
  • trades awareness experiences for Grades 9 to 12 students involved in the CEDA Pathways to Education Program at Children of the Earth, R.B. Russell and St. John’s schools such as industry tours, after-school and summer programs, and participation in work co-operatives at social enterprises.


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:

In-School Program Presentations - September 2018 - June 2019 - Grades 5 - 12

Careers North Tour for Educators- The Pas, Flin Flon and Thompson  - October 2018 - March 2019

Trade and Technology Olympics - Thompson - Grade 6 - November 1, 2018

Northern Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase for students in Grades 9 - 12 in Flin Flon November 27, 2018 * (for male and female students)

2019 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge - University College of the North, The Pas - February 27, 2019

Young Women's Conferences in Thompson (March 5, 2019) and The Pas (April 24, 2019) - for Grade 8 Girls

Extreme Sledding Competition - Thompson - Grade 7 - March 2019

Northern Skilled Trades and Technology Showcases for Boys in Thompson (March 6,  2019) and The Pas (April 25, 2019) - for Grade 8 boys

Northern Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase - Grade 9 - University College of the North - The Pas, March 20, 2019

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



2018 Trades and Technology Olympics Flyer download
2018 Trade and Technology Olympics Registration Form download
2019 Northern Young Women's Conference Flyer Thompson download
2019 Young Women's Conference Flyer The Pas download
2019 Northern Young Women's Conference Registration Form download
2019 Northern Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase Flyer Thompson download
2019 Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase The Pas download
2019 Northern Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase Registration Form download
2019 Extreme Sledding Flyer download
2019 Extreme Sledding Registration Form download

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 - January 31, 2019 (Grade 8)

Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School - February 13, 2019 (Grade 8)

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology  - March 7, 2019 (** Grades 9 and 10)


2019 Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase Flyer download
2019 Skilled Trades and Technology Showcase Registration Form download

Young Women’s Conference

Young Women’s Conference

The Young Women's Conference is a one day event hosted in Thompson, The Pas, Brandon, Dauphin, and Winnipeg, which highlights skilled trades and technology occupations.

Young participants meet female mentors working in the trades or technology fields, participate in team-building and hands-on activities, and receive information on employment opportunities and career planning. This conference is intended to provide female role models to young women and to assist them in planning their future career.

The conference also provides guidance to advisors (or parents), that accompany the young women on career planning in a "break-out" session.

Dauphin, Manitoba - October 24, 2018  (Grade 8 students)
Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School

Winnipeg, Manitoba - November 15, 2018  *Note - this conference is for students in Grades 9 and 10
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Thompson, Manitoba - March 5, 2019 (Grade 8 students)
R.D. Parker Collegiate

Brandon, Manitoba - April 2, 2019 (Grade 8 students)
Assiniboine Community College

Winnipeg, Manitoba - April 11, 2019 (Grade 8 students)
Red River College

The Pas, Manitoba - April 23, 2019 (Grade 8 students)
University College of the North

NEW! Young Women in Technology Conference - Winnipeg, Manitoba - June 13, 2019 (Grades 6, 7 and 8)
Red River College - Skilled Trades and Technology Centre



Young Women's Conference Flyer Winnipeg and area download
Young Women's Conference Registration form Winnipeg and area download
NEW Young Women in Technology Conference Flyer download
NEW Young Women in Technology Conference Registration Form download

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 9 and 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.

2018 Youth in Manufacturing Program - November 27, 2018
Red River College (Notre Dame Campus – South Gym)
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB


2018 Youth in Manufacturing Program Flyer download
2018 Youth in Manufacturing Registration Form download

Great jobs...Great future!

“I’ve always loved to take things apart to see how they work. With my education and Skills Manitoba experience, I now have a job where I get to design the kinds of things I used to take apart!”

Jorgen Kaspick

Embedded Hardware Designer, Price Electronics

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