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Team Malaysia and Team Thailand during the Competition

APAC NetRiders draws contestants from 15 Countries
Demonstrating the powerful collaborative capabilities of the network, Cisco organised its first-ever regional networking skills competition, APAC NetRiders 2008, over Cisco TelePresence™ and Cisco WebEx™. The competition featured 45 participants representing 15 countries in the Asia Pacific region, challenging each other for the top prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States as well as bragging rights for the next 12 months.

APAC NetRiders is an annual competition held by the Cisco® Networking Academy® program, a comprehensive e-learning program that enables students to develop valuable information and communications technology (ICT) skills for increased access to opportunities in the global economy. Since 1997, Networking Academy has grown to reach a diverse population of approximately 800,000 students each year in more than 160 countries. The competition tests the capability and skill level of Networking Academy students in the area of computer network hardware design, configuration, development, and maintenance, all of which are covered in the Networking Academy curriculum.

Competing for the first time was Cambodia, where the inaugural Cambodia NetRiders 2008 competition was recently concluded. The competition featured 140 students from the Institut de Technologie du Cambodge, the National Institute of Development Authority, YEJJ Training, Enfant du Mekong, and Pannasastra University of Cambodia.

“We are really pleased to finally complete the first skills competition in Cambodia because it demonstrates that the Networking Academy has taken root in the country. It’s fantastic to have a team from Cambodia competing in the APAC NetRiders. Cisco Networking Academy has made a positive impact on people’s lives by encouraging career advancement, improving access to the Internet, supporting the growth of the ICT industry, and promoting sustainable economic development in the communities in which it operates. APAC NetRiders celebrates the talent that the Networking Academy community is fostering in the region,” said Sandy Walsh, head of Education and Corporate and Social Responsibility for Cisco in Asia Pacific.  

Team Australia

The competition involves two levels of testing. The first level is a multiple-choice online examination, and the second is an online network configuration through a computer simulation test using Packet Tracer 5.0.

The unique feature about this year’s competition was that it was conducted virtually for the first time over Cisco TelePresence and Cisco WebEx. Cisco TelePresence is a ground-breaking technology that utilises the latest in video and audio techniques to establish real-time, live, in-person communications. WebEx® provides on-demand collaboration applications that enable individuals, small businesses and enterprise organisations to use the Web as an efficient channel for interaction with their customers, partners and co-workers.

The national NetRiders competitions have traditionally produced talent that match the best the world has to offer. The past few winners from Singapore NetRiders, for example, not only went on to represent Singapore at the widely respected WorldSkills Competition but also emerged WorldSkills medallists. This year’s Singapore NetRiders team from Nanyang Polytechnic will also represent Singapore in the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2009.

Team China Clinch Top Prize in 2008 regional Cisco APAC NetRiders Challenge
Cisco® Networking Academy® is pleased to announce Team China from Shenzhen Polytechnic as the winners of the 2008 regional APAC NetRiders Challenge.

Second place - Team Malaysia

Second place winners are Team Malaysia from MMU Cyberjaya and third place Team Singapore Polytechnic.

The standard of competition was very high and all teams put in a tremendous effort both preparing for the competition, as well as on the day. Cisco would like to congratulate all the teams on an outstanding inaugural APAC NetRiders Challenge.

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euroskills_bordeaux.jpgLast week the 29 Best of Nations of the EuroSkills competitions visited Bordeaux at the invitation of the European Commission. They were guest during the Informal European Ministers of Education Meeting and the congress ‘Mobility in Vocational Education and Training’, which addressed studying and working abroad within the European Union.

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Team Singapore Scores!

2 December 2008

By: Victor Yen, ITE, Singapore 

Five Stars Arising: Gold Medallists (from left) Tan Hock Chye (Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design CADD), Leow Ying Jie and Muhammad Hamdany bin Abu Hassan (Mechatronics) and Chua Ka Wen and Teo Hui Jun, Melissa (Beauty Therapy)

Singapore Excels in ASEAN Skills Competition
Singapore's debut participation at the 7th ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, reaped a golden harvest. Team Singapore, which was made up entirely of students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), displayed their finesse and skills in their respective competition areas - and struck gold!

Held from 14 to 16 November 2008, the competition featured some 200 technically-competent youths from 10 South-east Asian countries competing in 19 skill areas. Eighteen students from ITE competed in nine skill areas, namely: Beauty Therapy, Cooking, Graphic Design, Industrial Electronics, IT-Software Applications, Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design CADD, Mechatronics, Restaurant Services and Web Design.

A Commendable Achievement
In six of these skill areas, the Singapore competitors pipped their rivals to the top of the winners' podium by winning four gold medals in Beauty Therapy, Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design CADD and Mechatronics and five Diplomas of Excellence. Through the team's efforts, Singapore came in fifth in the medal tally from among the 10 participating countries. 

Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE and Head of the Singapore Delegation, said: "Considering that competitors from ITE competed against the best from the ASEAN countries, an achievement of four Gold Medals in nine skill areas is indeed commendable. Many thanks to the Singapore experts and coaches, who worked very hard in preparing the competitors."  

Golden Stepping Stone
Apart from bagging the gold medal in Mechatronics, teammates Muhammad Hamdany Bin Abu Hassan and Leow Ying Jie also gained the Best of Nation Award for scoring the highest points among all the Singapore competitors. What does winning the competition mean to them? Leow Ying Jie said: "This competition is a stepping stone for my future and I'm proud to win the gold medal in Singapore's first participation in the competition." Muhammad Hamdany also affirmed that through this competition, he developed a "deeper appreciation for Mechatronics", and that has given him confidence to further his studies after ITE.

In Beauty Therapy, Singapore scored two gold medals through Melissa Teo Hui Jun and Chua Ka Wen. Sharing her joy with the "golden" girls, Judith Chng Ming Ming, Section Head of Beauty Therapy at ITE College East and one of the Experts at the 7th ASC, said: "Both girls have performed to our high expectations of them. Their achievements are a testament to how far the Nitec in Beauty Therapy course at ITE has arrived. Although still a relatively young course, we have produced good results".

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HO Mei-po, was the only female contestant of the Chinese cookery trade.


YUNG Yee-man, posing with her “Monkey King” model.

By: Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong

To enable young people to exchange and promote skills training throughout Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macao, Vocational Training Council (VTC) together with Guangzhou Labour and Social Security Bureau and Labour Affairs Bureau Macao SAR, hosted the 5th Guangzhou/Hong Kong/Macao Youth Skills Competition (GHMYSC). The competition took place in the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center November 15-16. 41 competitors took part in the 5 trade competitions.

The Hong Kong Team comprised 13 members, who were either graduates or students of VTC. The Hong Kong Team clinched four gold medals in the trades of Image Design, Electrical Installations, Mechatronics, and Chinese cookery and won one silver medal in the Computer Animation trade.

In the Image Design category the competitors had to complete the three tasks of styling for modern, night and Chinese drama costumes within a specified time. YUNG Yee-man, an IVE graduate in the Higher Diploma Course in Fashion and Image Design, shone with her “Monkey King” styling, which won her the championship.

In the trade of Chinese cookery, HO Mei-po, a student of the Intermediate Chef Course of Chinese Cuisine Training Institute (CCTI), won her championship with three outstanding dishes.

CHAN Ka-man, graduate of Training and Development Centres (Electrical Industry) grabbed the championship in the Electrical Installations trade.

Dr NG Tat-lun, Leader of the Hong Kong Team, said the Competition promoted the exchanges and development among young people of the three cities to complement the strengths of each other in the face of future challenges.

The Competition is held in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macao in rotation every other year. Competitors are young people under 21 of age and the Competition in 2010 will be held in Macao.

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cooking_adamsmith_1.jpgThirty people have been chosen to be part of a squad of skilled young people who are getting ready to take on the very best in the world, at the biggest skills competition ever - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 - which will take place in Canada in September 2009.

These young men and women, all aged between 17 and 22 were chosen for Squad UK after a tough three day selection competition which took place at SkillsLondon, Excel and Acton & West College, London, last week. In total, 55 hopefuls competed at the event in skills ranging from floristry to landscape gardening to mechanical engineering. The selected squad are:

  • Floristry – Joe Massie (Fishlocks Florist) and Lauren Curry (Sarah Ann Florists)
  • Industrial Electronics – Melanie Adlam (MBDA) and Andrew Fielding (MBDA)
  • Mechanical Engineering CADD – William Darvill (Bournemouth University) and Martin Eusebi (MB Roberts Aerospace)
  • Cooking – Oli Lloyd (Claridges), Christopher Kenny (Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons) and Adam Smith (The Ritz)
  • Landscape Gardening – Grant Finch (Scarborough Council), Simon Ginger (Otley College), William Gadd (Otley College) , Joshua Kitchen (James Pond Landscaping Ltd) and Luke Denby (Roderick French Groundworks)
  • Bricklaying – Sam Fairgrieve (Jelson Holmes Ltd), Tom Coppock (self employed) and Adam Metcalf (Hobson & Porter)
  • Stonemasonry – Nathan Smith (Stone Firms Ltd), Oliver Clack (Cathedral Works Organisation (CSO)) and Marc Pate (Wells Cathedral Stonemasons Ltd) ·
  • Painting & decorating – Mark Nevin (Nevin of Edinburgh) and Heather Adgie (Bell Group UK) · Cabinet Making – Liam Gardner (Phillip Bastow’s Cabinet Makers) and Luke Griffiths (Cimitree furniture/Chichester College)
  • Carpentry – Gareth Evans (self employed) and Cliff Williams (Anthony Rees)
  • Joinery – Neil Macartney (Haymills Contractors), Richard Ellwood (self employed), Beau Hewlett (Bryan Gelder Joinery) and Adam Bushnell (Rosewood Joinery Oxford).

Now that they have been selected for Squad UK, they will need to increase their training to ensure a place on Team UK to compete at WorldSkills Calgary 2009, which will be announced in June. They will be joined by further squad members who were chosen at the next selection competition that will be held in January. Edge is the official supporter of Squad UK and Team UK.

The WorldSkills Competition is an international skills competition held every two years, where 50 Member countries/regions meet and compete in over 40 different vocational skills, including Beauty Therapy, Web Design, Cabinet Making, Floristry and Engineering. This intense, four day Competition takes place from 1-7 September in Calgary, Canada. Over 120,000 spectators are expected to attend the Competition.

Team UK and Squad UK is managed by UK Skills. Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills, said “These boys and girls have certainly earned the right to be in Squad UK but the hard work hasn’t finished yet. Squad UK will be enduring tough training regimes for months to come to make sure they are world class before they are selected for the team heading to Calgary. We send our congratulations to them all for being selected for Squad UK and wish them luck in their training.”

Skills Minister, Lord Young, said: “Having seen these young people in action at the selection event I am already in awe of how talented they are. They are proving what talent there is in this country and I hope they can show other young people just how fulfilling vocational, skills based careers can be. I wish all of them the best of luck in the months that are to follow and look forward to welcoming those that become part of the 2009 Team UK.”

Andy Powell, Chief Executive of Edge, said: “As a nation we do not value highly enough the skills young people have in this country and the many paths to success which are available. It should be seen as a huge honour to be selected as part of the WorldSkills UK squad and flying the flag for all practical learners in the country and the staff who make this success happen. We look forward to working with the squad and their mentors to help them develop from being the best in the UK to being the best in the world.”

The UK’s WorldSkills team is managed by UK Skills working in partnership with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland, the Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly Government and key partners from education, government and industry.

For more information, please contact UK Skills