WorldSkills Singapore 2006 (WSS 2006) is the seventh competition in the series of biennial skills competitions organised by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in conjunction with the five Polytechnics. Conducted since 1994, the WSS aims to:
- Promote the image and status of technical/skilled personnel in Singapore, and accord recognition to the youths for their special talents and skills;
- Raise the standard of excellence in technical skills through competition;
- Generate greater public awareness and interest in technical education; and
- Select highly-skilled youths to represent Singapore at international skills competitions.
WSS 2006, which was held in July 2006 at ITE College West (Balestier Campus), offered competition in 12 skills areas. The winners of WSS 2006 will stand a chance of being selected to participate in the 39th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Shizuoka, Japan, in November 2007. SP students did the institution proud with their haul of medals.
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Singapore Polytechnic staff and students took time out to celebrate the achievement of our students at a dinner held on 7 Aug 06 in the Vanda Room.
In his speech, Principal Low Wong Fook was very pleased with the performance of our students. He noted that, “This year we recovered the gold medal and more. We had a clean sweep in the area of CADD. Thank you to coaches who have done well to help the students to win the gold, silver and bronze medals.”
Principal Low also noted that the area SP has improved upon is in the area of PC networking and that SP had entrenched itself in areas such as industrial control and CNC turning.
He challenged directors and lecturers presents to strive for further excellence by aiming for the gold medal in industrial electronics and mechatronics and web design.
The principal highlighted: "SP received 5 bronzes because of our Robotics. Robotics did well even though we did not feature in this area of expertise.”
Even though winning medals was important, he noted: “More important is the participation. You are all winners, you have learnt to persevere and work under stress. Everyone has gained. To those who won gold medals. I have high hopes that you will represent Singapore in Japan and come back with more medals.”
He concluded by honouring the lecturers who had worked so very hard to train students with a round of applause.
Principal Low then proceeded to present lecturers and students with a token of appreciation, which consisted of a wireless PowerPoint remote control and a 256MB thumb drive respectively.
For Singapore Polytechnic student Timothy Goh, it was a gruelling three days. His category Information Technology - PC & Network Support called for him to sit for three papers. Day one simulated an Small and Medium Enterprise while the 2nd day was of a small business server environment. The final paper simulated a home environment. But the hard work paid off when he received the gold medal from President S R Nathan.
Final year DCC student, Leow Yan Hao, who was a finalist in the Industrial Electronics category, worked in the lab till 9 or 10 pm for one and a half years, three times per week, working on past year’s papers to horn his skills in areas such as theory, drawing schematics, test & measurement, design, and fault finding.
Daniel Wong, a first year Industrial Electronics student, received a Diploma for his hard work. He was talent spotted by SP when he was studying in Dunman Secondary. He revealed that Singapore Polytechnic was his first choice followed by Junior Colleges. No other polytechnics got on his radar screen. The 1st year student said that he learnt a lot about PLC Programming and wiring during the training in Singapore Polytechnic. He revealed that he trained four times a week till 11pm every night.
Hard work paid off for our outstanding students. They will be working hard for the next one and a half years to get ready for the world competition in Shizuoka, Japan, in November 2007.