The Facilities at the international World Skills Competition

World Skills New Zealand

Up-date Number 5

Daily up-dates on the World Skills New Zealand (WSNZ) team’s experience as representatives of 15 trades at the World Skills competitions in Sao Paulo. Seventy four countries are competing in 49 skill categories.

World Skills New Zealand

Up-date Number 5


A tour of the facilities

Yesterday the President of Worldskills international briefed the press. The President of Sao Paulo also spoke through an interpreter. They both talked of the way Worldskills has a unique international profile. A truly global competition, it is growing all the time. In the last few days, three more countries joined the organisation. The amazing thing about this place is that everywhere I go people speaking a multitude of languages surround me. This sometimes makes communication difficult but on the other side, it is a constant reminder that this is a global community.

One of the Team Leaders remarked that there are teams from countries at war working alongside each other. Yet you would never know it in the way they all get along. This shows that when people come together with a vision that improves the world then barriers fall away.

“This competition,” he said, “sets the benchmark at the highest level for economies to strive for,” the Brazilian president of Worldskills said and then went on to attribute Brazil’s economic success to its dedication of growing vocational skills.

“The world is changing radically,” he continued, “and being flexible and willing to adopt new platforms is the key element to a country’s success. The other important thing is that Worldskills opens dynamic dialogue with youth who are the future.”

New technologies are replacing or modifying old technologies. New systems transform job formats, machines redefine production and this process continues to create opportunities for people to prosper.

The recent introduction of the Robotic Festival is an example of how Worldskills is moving forward into the future.

This is the biggest Worldskills competition since its inception in 1950. The site covers 213,000 square metres, takes one hour to walk from one end to the other making this event the biggest event ever held at Anhembi Park.

There are 1,200 competitors from 59 countries each with an entourage pf approximately two per competitor.  This is the first time Worldskills has held its competition in a Latin American country and organisers are expecting over 200,000 visitors over the five days of the competition.

I walked around the site today with about 150 press people; print media, television and radio.

As we walked, venue preparation became apparent. For example, two impressively new helicopters sit at the end of the aircraft maintenance site along with equally new bulldozers and diggers for heavy vehicle maintenance. This is also the case for cars for automotive technology. There are window dressing dummies in alcoves for the window dressing competition as well as stations for the glamour skills, which are, without doubt floristry, hairdressing and jewellery. Several VW cars and Ford vehicles are in place for automotive technology.

It was an amazing thrill to see a New Zealand Fern flag up on the wall of the Sheetmetal technology booth. Michael Benson will work there for the four days of the competition and he cleverly thought to bring a piece of home. This will, without doubt help to keep him motivated while he works in one of the most demanding environments any young person could ever face.

The opening ceremony for the competition is tonight (Tuesday) and that will signal the beginning of the competitions, the start of something towards which these 15 young people have worked for over a year.

Team Leader, Rick Anderson, says the competitors are really keen to get started. Two days ago they had a tour of the city andvisited a fun park. Yesterday was familiarisation with tools and products. But they are becoming impatient to get underway.













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