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10th ASEAN Skills Competition in Hanoi successfully ended

Thu, 30 Oct 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:54

According to General Department of Vocational Training, at the 10th ASEAN Skills Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam team achieved 15 Gold Medals, ranking first through all groups. This achievement confirms position Vietnam labor on skills in the region.

Deputy Minister of Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Phi said that, as of this time, the 10th ASEAN Skills Competition in Hanoi took place successfully and safely. The goal of championship of Vietnam has been achieved with 15 gold medals, six silver medals, seven bronze medals, and ranked first in delegations. Earlier, in the 9th ASEAN Skills Competition in Indonesia, Vietnam delegation stood in second place with 16 medals. In the 10th competition held from October 19 to 29 in Hanoi with 25 careers, including 23 official occupations and two performances. During the exam, more than 10 thousand tourists visit, including nearly 2,500 international visitors from ASEAN countries and 70 from other countries around the world. This competition appealed 283 competitors, 192 experts and nearly 950 delegates from 10 ASEAN countries and other countries to observe. Among those, Malaysian delegation has the most members of 240.


Logo ASEAN Skills 2014


According to Prof. Dr. Cao Van Sam, Deputy Director of the General Department of Vocational Training, all activities in the competition were organized in accordance with regulations which ensure five key points of the competition as "Honesty, Transparency, Fairness, Collaboration and Creativity". For the first time, Vietnam has applied new processes in CIS NG software application of World Skills Organization for for synthesizing and automatically ranking. The scores of competitors are entered into the computer publicly at the competition's venue in the presence of the jury. The most important implication of the 10th ASEAN Skills Competition is defining the position on Vietnam vocational skills in the region. Abilities and skills of candidates do not differ from each other much, thus, the competition between countries is not easy. Lao delegation won a silver medal for the first time. Myanmar gained a certificate for the first time of participation.

Prof. Dr. Duong Duc Lan, General Director of the General Department of Vocational Training, emphasized that the results of Vietnam delegation are due to their best efforts. Vietnam team has six careers achieving two gold medals. Dominating occupations are mecha-tronics, brick production, automotive technology, website design, industrial automation... Some occupations won medal golds as tiling walls and floors, water pipes, electrical installation, carpentry - fine art, fashion... Undertaking the position as leader of Vietnam delegation participating in regional and global competitions, Mr. Duong Duc Lan shared that apart from being the host, Vietnam had no advantage in this competition. This defines skills of Vietnam labor greatly improved in recent years. Vietnam can gain absolute winning with high gap in number of medals. Ranking second, Malaysia had 9 gold medals.


Deputy Minister Nguyen Ngoc Phi speaks at the opening ceremony


From the great achievement of the competition, Mr. Lan hopes that the vocational training sector will appeal more learners. Looking forward to the world skills competition, Mr. Duong Duc Lan confirmed that, such occupations as fine art-carpentry, cooking, website design, etc are huge advantages of Vietnam. Specifically, in this competition, the field of automotive technology firstly won two gold medals. This success may be thanked to the time of studying at school and directly training at companies. By dint of having chances to practicing, candidates can improve their skills greatly. However, some occupations, such as beauty care, hair design have not been improved their position. Fashion design profession also won a gold medal. However, this profession has not gain an absolute advantage yet.

Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Ngoc Phi, said that there are 56 million people in Vietnam labor force. We set a target that by 2015, 40% of labor will have been trained well, which is a big challenge. In the region, some countries like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, though they have fewer medals in this competition, but their economies are much developed than Vietnam economy. This requires young workforce need to be well subsidized with vocational training policies in the future, as well as focusing on implementing the decision  of Vietnam government on building 40 high-quality vocational schools. In World Skills Competition 2013 in Germany, Vietnam won vocational certificates, ranking 23/67. In 2015, Vietnam hopes to gain a copper medal at least. Preparation for this competition is conducted from now. Candidates will be trained in Japan and Korea - two leading countries of vocational training in the world. With the theme "Skills - Our true value", the 10th ASEAN Skills Competition ended after the contest of 283 competitors from 10 ASEAN countries. Vietnam ranks first, followed by Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Brunei, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

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