Shizuoka 2007 will be the first WorldSkills Competition for Estonia as an
official Member and Estonia will form their first national team. The Estonian
national team will consist of 4 young people, who will compete in 3 skills -
Mechatronics, Cooking and Cabinetmaking.
The Estonian national qualification competitions in Mechatronics, Cooking and
Cabinetmaking for WorldSkills Competition, Shizuoka 2007 took place in the
period of April-May 2007. Each skill had a separate competition and was
organised by Foundation for Lifelong Learning Development (Innove) in
cooperation with relevant sector federations and VET institutions. The
competitions lasted between 2-3 days. In conjunction with the competitions
Innove also conducted skills promotion and development seminars for their social
partners. The national qualification competitions and the WorldSkills movement
have raised public interest resulting in newspapers publicising the activities
during the competition.
For every skill the top 2 competitors (team of 2 in Mechatronics) qualified
for the continuing preparation competitions which will take place over the
summer resulting in the final selection of the national Estonian team heading
for Japan in November 2007.
The WorldSkills Competition in Japan 2007 will be a great challenge for the
young Estonian competitors; we hope they will perform and excel on the
For more information please contact: Erkki Leetsar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributed by: SkillsBelgium
SkillsBelgium is actively preparing for its participation in Shizuoka 2007.
Belgium has registered for 18 skills and the selection process to find the best
candidates has been in motion since 2006. Several national competitions have
already taken place for 10 of the skills. From April 23-27, a national
competition was organised at the EFP, one of the most important vocational
training centres in Brussels, for 5 skills: confectioner/pastry cook, painting
& decoration, wall & floor tiling, joinery, and bricklaying. To reach
the national competition, the finalists went through multiple pre-selections
which had included more than a hundred candidates.
The high quality of work delivered by all these young tradespeople, as well
as the excellent cooperation with the EFP, made this event a great success. Two
national TV stations even broadcasted these national competitions in their prime
time News programs.
With a population of 10 million inhabitants, Belgium is a small country
packed with a whole lot of motivation for Shizuoka 2007 in the hope of doing as
well or even better than in Helsinki 2005.
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Contributed by: WorldSkills Jamaica
Seated from left are Mr. Kevin Mullings Official Delegate
WorldSkills Jamaica, Mr. Donald Foster, Executive Director of the HEART
Trust/National Training Agency and Mrs. Grace McLean Technical Delegate
WorldSkills Jamaica. In the background is Mr. Gregory Wint, Project Manager
Mr. Donald Foster, Executive Director of the HEART Trust/National Training
Agency makes a presentation to the Governor General of Jamaica, His Excellency
the Most Honourable Professor Kenneth Hall. The occasion was a courtesy call at
Kings House, the Governor General’s official residence. Also in the picture is
Ms Pamella Mckenzie, National Programmes Director.
WorldSkills Jamaica’s Official Delegate Kevin Mullings (1st right) used the
opportunity to introduce the Governor General to the WorldSkills concept as well
as providing an update on preparations for Jamaica’s participation in the 2007
WorldSkills Shizuoka Japan competition as well as the next National Skills
Competition scheduled for April 2008.
WorldSkills Jamaica prepares for Jamaica’s National Skills
WorldSkills Jamaica began gearing up for the National Skills Competition
(April 23-25, 2008) with a training session for National Skills Managers and
Workshop Supervisors on April 25, 2007 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The
Skills Managers and Workshop Supervisors will oversee the competition in each
Chair of the session Ms Fay Sukhu of the Vocational Training Development
Institute charged participants to focus on the series of training workshops and
to infuse the culture of WorldSkills into the Jamaican Vocational Educational
and Training (VET) system.
For more information please visit: www.heart-nta.org
Contributed by: CroatiaSkills
CroatiaSkills are very proud to have organised one of the biggest national
skills competitions in this part of the world. The 1st
CroatiaSkills Zagreb 2007, was held in
Zagreb (Croatia) on 20-21st April 2007.
50,000 spectators visited the Zagreb Fair (Pavilion 1- 14400 m2) in order to
see today's vocational training in action. The Competition was successful and
the atmosphere was cheerful with over 810 youngsters competing in 38 different
skills. In every skill the best three competitors were awarded with medals. The
Croatian Team will compete in 4 skills in Shizuoka, Japan in November 2007.
WSI Certificate of Merit – Mr Krešimir Rašan (Croatia)
WSI Certificate of Merit was presented to Mr.
Krešimir Rašan, M.S. and Assistant to Minister of Ministry of Science, Education
and Sports by Davor Dinter, President of CroatiaSkills.
Rotterdam – 15 March 2007 – Strategy Committee
“WorldSkills International is pleased to present you with a Certificate of
Merit in recognition of your outstanding contribution towards the establishment
and development of CroatiaSkills as the WorldSkills International Member for
Croatia, and in appreciation of your time, enthusiasm and commitment in the
development of skills recognition and promotion within Croatia.”
Mr. Davor Dinter, president of CroatiaSkills presented the Certificate of
Merit to Mr Krešimir Rašan during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1st
CroatiaSkills Zagreb 2007. Mr Krešimir Rašan M.S. & Assistant of Minister of
Ministry of Science Education and Sports dedicated the Certificate of Merit to
his late father.
For more information please visit: www.croatiaskills.hr