A skills competition was held at the Randolph County Technical Center on Tuesday afternoon.
About 30 members of the ‘Skills USA Organization’ competed in their particular class including welding, wood working, carpentry, power equipment systems, motorcycle services technology, collision repair, residential wiring and medical services.
This state-wide competition has been held for at least the last 30 years, but this is the first time that Randolph County has invited the public in to observe.
“Because there’s a great skills gap right now in our nation. We’re going to need carpenters, we’re going to need mechanics, we’re going to need electricians, you know, very good jobs,” said Lead Skills Advisor, Jon Lambert. “If you can leave here with skills ahead of everybody else before you can get into that trade school, or even go into an apprenticey with some of the programs that we have here, will get you into an apprenticey already, or some kind of certification, you know, where you have a head up on everybody else in front of you.”
Winners from Randolph County will move on to compete at the state level on Friday, March 22 in Fairmont.