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The 42nd WorldSkills Competition came to an exhilarating closelast night with a spectacular Closing Ceremony inLeipzig. The atmosphere at Leipzig Messe, the venue for the competition and the closing ceremony was so thrilling that the energy and enthusiasm radiated to the city of Leipzig,which also had a festive ambience. The opening performance by Hamburg based ‘Lazy Basics’ catapulted the excitement of the award ceremony that saw each country team cheering their winning competitors to sky shattering thunderous roar. Electric Boogaloo dancer Poppin Hood’s performance was indeed electrifying so was Berlin based multicultural dance troupe ‘Team Recycled’.

The best talents in vocational skills from around the world had fought hard for four days and finest among them took home medals for their years of hard work. The medals had been specially crafted by Burg Geiebichenstein University of Art and Design. Their special design had 42 corners connected by 46 rays to denote the 42nd WorldSkills Competition and 46 skill categories in which the competitions took place.

South Korea took home the maximum number of medals (23) at the competition followed by Switzerland and Taiwan. Though none of the Indian competitors could manage to win the coveted medals of Gold, Silver and Bronze at this year’s competition, three of them managed to win ‘Medals of Excellence’ in three skill categories of Jewellery, Graphic Design and IT Software Solutions for Business.‘Medals of Excellence’ are awarded for competitors achieving distinction in their performance of over 500 marks. Bhabesh Jana who secured the Medal of Excellence in Jewellery has studied only up to class 5 and had practiced over a year for the competition. The medallist in the Graphics Design, Arun Raj is a Second Year B.Sc. drop out. With his accolade, he may be able to complete his graduation, as NSDC is considering providing him a scholarship. The winner in the IT Solutions category, Sarthak Jain is just 17 year old and will be joining college this year.

The domination of the East Asian nations at the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology was clearly evident, with most of the medals in this skill category going to Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Korea was adjudged the best manufacturing team at the competition. India’s performance at this year’s Competition was better than the last Competition at London by looking at the overall score managed by the competitors but fell short of the 500 threshold which could have got the ‘Medal of Excellence’ for the country as a whole. Before the curtain fell at the closing ceremony, the baton of WorldSkills was handed over to Sao Paulo, Brazil which will host the next WorldSkills Competition in 2015.

WorldSkills Competition had brought together thousands of young people from all over the world for an intense exchange on the vocational education front. By bringing together leaders, teachers, learners and spectators, the WorldSkills Competition has certainly become the biggest vocational education and training promotion event in the world and thereby ishelping in furthering excellence in Vocational education.

Events such as WorldSkills Competition and organizations such as WorldSkills are encouraging the growth in high value vocational trades and preparing our future global workforce in a way that can completely reshape the future landscape. Therefore, it is important to support such events such as WorldSkills Competition to bringit on par with events like Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

As the curtains fell, the winning teams were seen celebrating and the not-so-lucky ones were pondering. Indian experts are of the view that, the experience they have gained at this year’s competition has helped them understand the nature of requirements and what it takes to be a winner. They have understood that preparations for such events need to be made years in advance. This was evident from the spectacular performance of Brazil this year, which had prepared its contestants for over 4 years.As the CEO of the WorldSkills put it, “everyone who participated at the WorldSkills Competition, is a world champion whether he won a medal or not because he represented the best in the world in his skill”. Indian competitors and experts return home with this thought and spirit, to come back to challenge the best in the world at the next WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo!

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