4 March 2008
Spain National Skills Competition
The Vocational Training championship held in Madrid, Spain, organised by SpainSkills, took place from April 23 - 26, 2007. The four-day event had representatives from a number of autonomous communities competing in seven different skills:
- Industrial Control,
- Restaurant and Bar Services,
- Car Painting,
- Automobile Technology
- Autobody Repair.
For the first time an industrial vehicle trade was present as a demonstration skill during SpainSkills.
It was a very successful championship, with young people from fifteen communities participating in the different skills.
During the competition, Mrs. Mercedes Cabrera, the Minister of Education and Science, honored us with her presence. Also present were the General Director of Education, Vocational Training and Educational Innovation, Mr Jose Luis Pérez Iriarte (Spain's Official Delegate for WorldSkills International) and the Deputy Director General for Vocational Education and Training, Mrs Soledad Iglesias (Spain's Technical Delegate for WorldSkills International).
Some of the objectives for this championship, were to emphasise the importance of promoting and developing VET, to encourage students and teachers to create bridges between experts in the labor world and the people involved in VET, and to make young people aware of the importance of being educated to enter the competitive labour world.
General Directors of Vocational Training or their representatives from the various communities visited the three venues where the Competition took place to lend their support. At the closing ceremony Mrs. Mercedes Cabrera presented the winners with gold medals. All the winners will be the Spanish representatives in Shizuoka, Japan in November 2007.
For more information about SpainSkills visit: http://www.mec.es/spainskills/index.htm