14th skill com­pe­ti­tion to pro­mote the im­age and sta­tus of skilled work­ers in the coun­try

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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).

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