Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of competencies has been reduced from 17 to nine: electrical installation, welding, locksmith and turning, bricklaying, hairdressing, mechatronics, as well as the operation and maintenance of railway transport. Pupils, students and young workers will show their skills. For the safety of the participants, the competitions for each competence are held within one day.
From September 29 to October 13, Zaporozhye, Kiev, Dnipro and Glevakha (Kiev region) will take over the WorldSkills Ukraine competition from Mariupol. You can follow the progress of the competition online at worldskillsukraine.org . Online broadcasts of the competitions in Mariupol from September 29 to October 1 and in Zaporozhye on October 7 and 8 are conducted on the official Metinvest page on the FB https://www.facebook.com/metinvest/and on the youtube.com/MetinvestHolding channel. The winners of the competition will be announced online on October 13.
Yuri Ryzhenkov, CEO of Metinvest Group:
- The development of vocational technical education in Ukraine is impossible without the support of big business. We became the general partner of the competition in 2016, immediately after Ukraine joined the international association WorldSkills.
We understand that only through joint efforts of business and the state will we be able to achieve qualitative changes in the education system. And we will create all the necessary conditions for young people to want to study and work in Ukraine.
Head of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine Dmitry Oleinik:
- WorldSkills is not just a professional competition for students, it is a reflection of the future. Today in Ukraine the dynamics of blue-collar occupations has changed to a more positive one - the coronavirus crisis has made its own adjustments. Many workers who left Ukraine have returned. I hope that this professional workforce will provide opportunities for economic growth.
Unfortunately, the state did not pay attention to the importance of blue-collar occupations for our country for a long time. Ukraine has traditionally been an industrial state. Therefore, an understanding should mature in the society and politics of the country that blue-collar professions are prestigious, that working at an enterprise, one can receive decent wages and be a respected person.
Worldskills Ukraine is part of the international competition Worldskills International, which is called the Olympic Games for vocational school students, students and workers aged 18-22.
The organizers of the competition are the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Institute for the Modernization of Education Content, the Federation of Employers of Ukraine with the support of the Federation of Metallurgists of Ukraine and the Ukrmetallurgprom association.
Association Worldskills International was founded in 1946. This is the largest competition in the world: the competition is held in 85 countries. Ukraine became a member of Worldskills International in 2016.