ASTANA – A regional practical stage of the two-day contest for professional skills was held recently at the Taldykorgan College of Service and Technology and the College of Industrial Industry and New Technologies. The contest included students in such specialties as welding, cooking, hairdressing, modeling and clothing design.
“In the conditions of building an innovative economy and modernisation of vocational education, this contest is becoming especially relevant,” said Chairperson of the Regional Council of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Almaty region Rimma Salykova.
“One of the priority directions of the development of the country’s vocational education in recent years is improvement of the conditions to identify the talented and gifted working youth. We think that the heroes of today’s time should be young people, the representatives of the working profession. Because our business lacks simple workers, professionals in their field,” she stressed.
Some 44 students had to perform various competitive tasks to show proficiency in their areas of expertise.
Almaty region Deputy Akim (governor) Zhaksylyk Omar noted that the competitions of professional skills should be held more often and on a large scale.
“The Almaty region is one of the largest regions in Kazakhstan with more than 70 vocational-technical colleges. Forty-four students are participating today in the contest but taking into account our capabilities, the number of participants should be even greater. We should try to show ourselves at the national and international championships and get representatives of our region inside the national team of Kazakhstan,” he said during the awarding ceremony.
Experts at the regional contest had the chance to award all the participants and winners of the contest with certificates. The winner of the Grand Prix of the competition in cooking was a student from the Almaty Regional College of Innovative Technologies in the Field of Service and Nutrition Yerassyl Argynbek; the winner in the category welding technology was Igor Kim from Bastobinsk Service College; the winner in clothing and modeling was Gulzhan Kabidolla from the Kapshagai Multi-Disciplinary College and the winner of the hairdressing art category, Taldykorgan College of Service and Technology student Madina Bapova.
The event was organised by the Education Department of the Almaty Oblast (region) and the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs.
All the winners will advance to the national contest WorldSkills Kazakhstan.