ASTANA – Kazakh student Adlet Takezhanov knows his way around a lathe, demonstrating his excellence in turnery at the WorldSkills Competition, an international tournament held Aug. 12-15 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, reported vteme.kz.
During the four days of competition, more than 200,000 visitors came to Anhembi Park, the largest event centre in Latin America,to watch 1,190 talented contestants representing 59 countries and regions compete in 50 areas. The skills on display included construction, manufacturing, creative arts, information technology, transportation, service and agricultural sectors, according to worldskills.org.
Georgian team member Ana Vashadze said she was motivated to do her best in the floristry competition. She noted she is someone who is always ready to embrace opportunity, so when WorldSkills put a call out to competitors and the public to submit videos celebrating their skills, she jumped at the opportunity, reported worldskills.org.
In his welcoming speech at the Aug. 11 opening ceremony, WorldSkills President Simon Bartley thanked the host, organisers, sponsors, and partners. He made a special point of acknowledging the 800 volunteers supporting the event, which was greeted with a loud and lasting round of applause. Bartley praised the work and dedication of the participants and encouraged them to compete in a fair and friendly fashion, sharing what they knew and learned over the next four days, as well as realising the contest was the start of the many great things they will do in their lives.
WorldSkills is the global hub for talent excellence and development. Competitions are held around the world to showcase and inspire world-class excellence and introduce youth to a variety of skilled careers.
WorldSkills International is a not-for-profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. The organisation operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral.
Founded in 1946, the association currently draws participants from 72 countries. The secretariat’s headquarters is in Amsterdam.
The organisation demonstrates the importance of skills education and training for youth, industries and society by challenging young professionals around the world to become the best in the area of his or her choice.
“WorldSkills is the collective voice for skills excellence and development in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers around the globe. Since 1950 we have raised the awareness among youth, as well as their parents, teachers and employers, that our future depends on an effective skills-training system. Today, WorldSkills represents more than 45 skills in 72 member countries and regions, all working together with youth, educators and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future,” according to the organisation website.
Kazakhstan joined WorldSkills International after applying for membership in March 2014. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Russia are also members of the worldwide movement.
Holding Kasipkor, a company which specialises in vocational and technical education, was determined in July 2014 to be the national operator of the WorldSkills Kazakhstan project. The first regional championship was held in February in the Akmola region, where young people between the ages of 18-22 competed in specialties such as turnery, welding, cooking, hairdressing, IT management systems and brick masonry.
Based on the results, Holding Kasipkor chose the national team which represented Kazakhstan.