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We wish you and your family all the very best for 2009. We hope to see you all in Calgary, Canada next September for WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

Warm regards,
The WorldSkills International Board of Directors and Secretariat

 

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Many of you have already been introduced to the WorldSkills Champions Exchange program (WSCE). Now we've given the website a complete makeover to match the new look and feel of worldskills.org. Flyers, postcards and other material will be made available soon. 

The WSCE is a unique opportunity, that allows past Champions of WorldSkills to travel abroad with their skill for 3-12 months. New professional and personal experiences will give them added confidence as they continue their WorldSkills journey.

WorldSkills needs your help in finding quality placements for our Champions. A host company can help equip the Champion with new techniques, new skills, knowledge about different cultures and quite possibly another language. In return the company is rewarded with a highly qualified young skilled professional for the duration of the exchange, insight on new ways of working through the international experience of a Champion and access to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded employers in the global skills market.

It’s an attractive proposition. We offer the very best skilled young people in the world, and in turn the host companies provide them with meaningful and challenging work in an environment where people are passionate about skills.

Remember that a WorldSkills Champions is not only the best they can be - they represent the best from their home country/region!

For more information please visit www.worldskillschampions.com or contact christine.scoot@worldskills.org.


By Cisco 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

For more information please visit www.cisco.com or contact Media Relations: William Oei, loei@cisco.com
Analyst Relations: Huey Miin Leong, hmleong@cisco.com


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 

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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".

For more information please visit: www.ite.edu.sg or www.aseanskills.kkr.gov.my/asc