14th skill competition to promote the image and status of skilled workers in the country
To promote the image and status of skilled workers in the country and to showcase and celebrate the technical and vocational skills of our youth; the Department of Occupational Standards, under ministry of labour and human resources (MoLHR) in collaboration with Tourism Council of Bhutan conducted the three days 14th Skills Competition with the theme “Our Skills, Our Future” ended last Wednesday in the capital.
This year, a total of 90 competitors had competed in the following specific critical occupations of the construction, zorig and hospitality sectors in various field such as brick and tile laying; wooden furniture making; traditional stone masonry (Dozo); patra (Wood Carving); tsemdru (Embroidery); lhadri (Thangka Painting); cooking; housekeeping and food and beverage services.
The primary objectives of the skills competition are to raise standards of excellence in technical and vocational skills; to promote collaborative efforts between Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, industry and relevant government agencies in the development of skilled workforce; to provide our skilled workers and trainees the opportunity to assess their own competence against the standards demonstrated by their peers; to select highly skilled youths to represent Bhutan at international skills competition in the future; to update the skilled workers with emerging technologies in different occupations; and to prepare for pos- sible participation in the regional & international level skills competitions in the future.
From the house keeping category, Usha Subba from Hotel Druk, Thimphu begged the winner and took away home with a cash prize of Nu.40, 000 with merit certificates.
For the next categories for food and beverage services Sangay Choden from hotel Zhiwaling begged the winners and took away home with cash prize of Nu.40, 000 with merit certificates.
Similarly,) Sonam Choden from National Institute for Zorig Chusum (NIZC) begged the winners for the Tshemdru (Embroidery).
The winner for the traditional stone masonary was begged by Chimmi Kuenga from Technical Training Institute (TTI), Chumey, Bumthang,
Winner for the Lhadri (Thangkha Painting) was begged by Jambay Dorji from NIZC and for the cooking categories, Phuntsho Choden Thingh from Royal Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) begged the winner.
For the wooden furniture making, Pema Wangchuk from TTI, Chumey Bumthang begged the winner and Tshering Dorji from TTI, Chumey, Bumthang begged the winner for the brick tile laying.
Finally, Tshering Tobgay from Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS), Thimpu begged the winner for the Patra. The prizes for the winner took away home with cash prize of Nu.40, 000 with merit certificates each and for the first runners up, a cash prize of Nu.30, 000 with merit certificates and for the second runners up, a cash prize of Nu.20, 000 each with merit certifi- cates.
The total cost of the competition is estimated at Nu. 1.5 millions. Expenditure will include cost of test project development for each trades, prize money, and fees for the assessors, travelling and daily subsistence allowance to the outstation assessors and competitors, tool and material, other logistics and infrastructural cost.
Meanwhile, it will be an annual event of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources organized by the Department of Occupational Standards. It has been adopted as one of the key strategies to promote the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country. The Skills Competition was first initiated in 2003 by the then National Technical Training Authority (NTTA).