Ready for international skills competition
27 Sep 2017
The New Paper, 27 Sep 2017 - Article featured three of the 21 youths from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education who will be representing Singapore in 19 skills areas and competing against almost 1,300 participants from 65 other member countries, at the WorldSkills Competition (WSC) 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The Singapore team has been training nine hours a day, five days a week for more than a year. The WSC is the world's biggest vocational education and skills excellence event that allows competitors to compete against global standards and showcase their technical skills. In the last WSC in Brazil, the Singapore team won a record number of awards - one silver medal, two bronze medals and 14 medallions for excellence. Freight forwarding will be introduced to the WSC this year. SP computer engineering alumnus Andrew Tan, who specialises in information network cabling, shared about his training as well as the challenges he may face during the co. TP alumna Olivia Low will be competing in tasks such as customer advising, insurance and damage control, while NYP nursing alumna Fazira Zulkifi will be competing in the health and social care area and completing tasks in four simulations – a community hospital, day care centre, hospital and home care. Fazira shared how the skills she learnt in school are applicable to the competition and how she can learn more about her trade from the training for the competition.