Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) Welding Apprentice Ben Rainforth of Lacombe showcased exceptional talent in his trade, earning a gold medal at the Skills Canada National Competition May 25-26. Rainforth’s accomplishment was the fifth consecutive gold medal by RDP Welding Apprentices at the national level.  

In addition, RDP Apprentice Jared Quast had a high-calibre performance in Sprinkler Systems Installations, placing fifth at the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg. 

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Rainforth, and all gold medalists from the Skills Canada National Competition, will represent their institution and Team Canada alongside the top apprentices in the world next year.  

“To compete in the 2024 WorldSkills Competition in Lyon, France is an extreme honour that has not come easy,” says Rainforth. “RDP has paved the way for my success, giving me the tools and resources that I need to excel in my trade. Having taken all three years of my technical training at RDP, I have been fortunate to have been instructed by the best of the best. With coaching and instruction from Lee [Yasinski], we have put in the time to become the national champion and can continue training at a world level.”  

The 47th WorldSkills Competition will be held September 10-15, 2024.