Over the next few days South African artisans will compete to earn their spot on the global stage at the upcoming WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.
The international competition which will take place in August this year will see 1,600 young people from 80 member countries compete to be world champions in 56 different skills.
However only the top artisans from participating nations will qualify for this prestigious opportunity.
In South Africa artisans must first compete at the national level during an event hosted in the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) from 23 to 25 February 2019.
The finalists from Durban will form an international team to compete on a global scale in areas such as construction, manufacturing, engineering, creative arts, ICT, logistics and more.
World Class Skills
The idea behind the local and internal competition is to promote skills development, to recognize excellence and raise awareness around artisanal careers.
According to their website" WorldSkills builds confidence, empowers communities, and helps to fuel economies".
The competition takes place bi-annually and gathers competitors as well as significant role players including coaches, mentors and industry experts. The event provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and personal enrichment as students gain exposure to world class skills and expertise.
Participating artisans will be tested on what "a capable practitioner must know, understand, and do".
The competition also highlights the specialist, technical and generic skills that comprise work roles across the world, thereby providing global benchmarks for vocational systems.
Addressing Skills Shortages
Skills shortages within the engineering and artisan sectors have plagued many countries around the world hindering economic progress and transformation.
The World Skills movement aims to address this problem by creating a platform to develop the skills that will meet this demand.
"We raise the profile and recognition of skilled people, and show how important skills are in achieving economic growth."
WorldSkills also drives training by bringing educators, industry, governments and international organisations together for the benefit of quality skills development across the globe.
For more information visit WorldSkills
By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing