Com­pe­ti­tion on to find China’s most skilled

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Chen Huizhi

SOME of China’s best auto painters, fur­ni­ture mak­ers, bak­ers and hair stylists have de­scended on Shang­hai for the China Skills Com­pe­ti­tion 2018. The com­pe­ti­tion is meant to find the coun­try’s best and bright­est in a num­ber of vo­ca­tional and tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sions, with winners go­ing on to rep­re­sent China at the 45th WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion (WSC) next year in Kazan, Rus­sia.

All to­gether, about 900 young peo­ple are com­pet­ing in 34 dif­fer­ent skill cat­e­gories.

Liao Jinzhong, an ex­pe­ri­enced baker at An­gel Yeast, a yeast pro­ducer based in Hubei Prov­ince, is a re­turn­ing jury mem­ber for the bak­ery com­pe­ti­tion.

China started com­pet­ing in the bak­ery cat­e­gory only at last year’s edi­tion of the WorldSkills com­pe­ti­tion in Abu Dhabi, where its bak­ing par­tic­i­pant won a gold medal.

“China has great po­ten­tial to win medals at the com­pe­ti­tion if we in­vest enough ex­per­tise and train hard,” Liao said.

Over 30 par­tic­i­pants are com­pet­ing in Shang­hai this year, up from 10 in the pre­vi­ous na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Liao, who was also re­spon­si­ble for train­ing bak­ery cat­e­gory con­tes­tants from Hubei, said train­ing in the fi­nal month be­fore the con­test was par­tic­u­larly in­tense.

“For such a world com­pe­ti­tion, par­tic­i­pants have to be phys­i­cally and men­tally pre­pared and have good English skills to present their prod­ucts,” he ex­plained.

Dur­ing this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, of­fi­cials from sev­eral lo­cal­i­ties have an­nounced plans to step up prepa­ra­tions for next year’s WSC in Rus­sia.

Zhu Cong­ming, vice di­rec­tor of Jiangsu Prov­ince’s Bureau of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity, said the govern­ment in­tends to re­cruit top WSC train­ers and in­dus­try ex­perts from all over the world to help its par­tic­i­pants.

“We will also es­tab­lish in­sti­tutes to study the com­pe­ti­tion, im­prove skill and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion, and pro­vide WSC pro­grams to stu­dents at vo­ca­tional schools,” he said.

In south­west China’s Chongqing city, the govern­ment hopes to en­ter the city’s famed hot pot and spicy noo­dles in the WorldSkills com­pe­ti­tions.

Xie Xin, vice di­rec­tor of the city’s Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity Bureau, said it will host a na­tional hot pot and spicy noodle com­pe­ti­tion in Septem­ber.

Si­mon Bart­ley, pres­i­dent of the WorldSkills In­ter­na­tional (WSI), said he has been im­pressed with the level of skills seen in Shang­hai; as well as the en­thu­si­asm of lo­cal teach­ers, ex­perts, young peo­ple and the gen­eral pub­lic.

“We’re a move­ment that seeks to im­prove the op­por­tu­ni­ties of youth, and I see in Shang­hai the youth who wish to grasp these op­por­tu­ni­ties with both hands and move for­ward in their lives and ca­reers,” he said.

In terms of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion in China, Bart­ley said he has seen more en­gage­ment with lo­cal in­dus­tries in re­cent years.

“I be­lieve

it’s ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal that the vo­ca­tional col­leges in China re­spond to the re­quire­ments of the num­ber, the skill level and the avail­abil­ity ge­o­graph­i­cally of la­bor in the fu­ture,” he said.

He en­cour­ages Chi­nese vo­ca­tional col­leges to bring in more for­eign pro­fes­sion­als to give mas­ter classes and talk to lo­cal teach­ers about the lat­est tech­niques and meth­ods.

David Hoey, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of WSI, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is very im­pressed with the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ca­pac­i­ties of Shang­hai, which will hold the WSC in 2021, and it’s talk­ing with lo­cal stake­hold­ers about the sig­nif­i­cance of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Hoey at­tended the first na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in China a few years ago, and said he sees a ma­jor im­prove­ment in many dif­fer­ent as­pects of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“China has been very quick to take up and im­ple­ment in­no­va­tions, new ideas and ways in which we run skill com­pe­ti­tions around the world,” he said.

“One of the lega­cies we hope to leave from the com­pe­ti­tion in 2021 is to bring to­gether ed­u­ca­tion, govern­ment and in­dus­try so that skill com­pe­ti­tions will be able to held in all re­gions of the coun­try to in­crease the scope of en­gage­ment,” he added.

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