Skills con­test tests work­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

World skilled work­ers com­peted in con­tests at China’s first in­ter­na­tional skill competition in Shang­hai last month, with 21 dif­fer­ent skills from in­dus­trial milling to hair­dress­ing on show. A to­tal of 227 skilled work­ers aged un­der 22 from 35 coun­tries and re­gions at­tended the competition.

China or­ga­nized the event in prepa­ra­tion for Shang­hai’s sched­uled host­ing of the 46th WorldSkills Competition in 2021.

Win­ners of the China competition are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter this year’s WorldSkills Competition to be held in Oc­to­ber in Abu Dhabi.

Zheng Tong, head of the ex­pert panel for the mo­bile ro­bot con­trol skill competition group, said con­tes­tants needed to con­trol ro­bots putting medicine on shelves, which re­quired knowl­edge of me­chan­i­cal struc­ture, au­toma­tion con­trol and com­puter pro­gram­ming.

Ma­chin­ery con­trol, auto re­pair, milling, weld­ing and net­work wiring, hair­dress­ing, beauty par­lor and restau­rant per­cent ser­vice skills were among the competition pro­grams.

Ji Zhen­g­long, a mem­ber of a hair­dress­ing ex­pert team, said con­tes­tants were only given 15 min­utes to cre­ate a hair­style.

“Hair­dressers are skilled ar­ti­sans. The work re­quires skill and aes­thetic abil­i­ties,” he said.

Si­mon Bart­ley, pres­i­dent of WorldSkills In­ter­na­tional, said that the competition demon­strated to par­ents, teach­ers, ed­u­ca­tors and em­ploy­ers that there was “real value in tech­nique skills”.

“Coun­tries and re­gions that only rely on univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion can­not thrive in to­day’s global econ­omy ... Host­ing the competition re­ally makes sure young peo­ple have a real op­por­tu­nity to make the best de­ci­sion they can about their fu­ture,” Bart­ley said.

Zhang Zhikun, 22, winner of the dig­i­tal-con­trolled milling competition at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in 2015, said he was lucky that his par­ents did not give up on him, when he failed to go to se­nior high school as they an­tic­i­pated.

Zhang, from Guang­dong, chose to go to an ad­vanced me­chan­i­cal skill school af­ter fin­ish­ing ju­nior high school.

He won the cham­pi­onship in Brazil by op­er­at­ing milling de­vices to process pre­ci­sion ma­chine parts with an er­ror rate un­der 0.04 mil­lime­ters.

“Se­nior skilled work­ers ac­count for 40 per­cent of all in­dus­trial work­ers in Ja­pan and 50 per­cent in Germany, but the ra­tio is only 5 per­cent in China,” said Li Shouzhen, an of­fi­cial with the All-China Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions.

“In in­dus­try, a sound tal­ent struc­ture should be made of one sci­en­tist, 10 tech­ni­cians and 100 skilled work­ers,” said Chen Yu of the China As­so­ci­a­tion of Em­ploy­ment Pro­mo­tion.

pro­por­tion of se­nior skilled work­ers in China’s in­dus­try

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