Talented workers wanted for Asean skills competition

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN)  - The Skill Development and Employment Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare is calling for applications from capable young workers to be national representatives at the 12th Asean Skills Competition in Thailand this August.

The Lao organising committee will offer 14 participants the opportunity to join the competition this year, with two competing in each of the seven skills of welding, carpentry, garment making, masonry, electrical installation, cookery and graphic design.

“The male and female applicants must be no older than 22 years of age,” Deputy Director General of the Skill Development and Employment Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Mr Khornsy Mahavong told Vientiane Times yesterday.

More than 300 competitors including trainers from Asean countries will compete in 26 occupational skills including carpentry, electrical installation, welding, automotive repair, cookery, garment making, web design and graphic design.

The 12th Asean Skills Competition will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from August 26 to September 5.

“Laos will offer 14 competitors, with two competing in each of seven skills be representatives taking part in the competition,” Mr Khornsy said.

Skilled workers can apply for the Lao team or request further information by contacting the Skill Development and Employment Department on 021 213 011 and 021 217 738.

The first Asean Artisans Contest was held in Malaysia in 1995, and the event is held every two years with regional countries taking turns to host the event.

Lao competitors had taken part in the Asean Artisans Contest since in 2001, he added.

In the 10th Asean Skills Competition held in Vietnam, a Lao contestant was awarded a silver medal, but no honours came Laos’ way at the 11th competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 13th Asean Skill Competition is expected to be held in Singapore in 2020 with the 14th edition of the event scheduled for the Philippines in 2022.

The objectives of the competition are to promote the development of quality vocational and technical work values among young people and skilled workers.

The competition also aims to foster technical cooperation in vocational/technical education and training between Asean nations and to encourage close cooperation among governments, industries, employers, workers’ organisations and vocational training institutes.

The regional competition serves as a platform to encourage work excellence and the development of highly skilled workers.

It enables Asean nations to work together in terms of skill development, with the goal of achieving international standards. Member countries have specified the rules of the competition as competitors must be no older than 22 years of age. 

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