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4 March 2008

Belgium: Preparing for the WorldSkills Competition




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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