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Largest ever Hong Kong Delegation vows to deliver stellar results in upcoming WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 at flag presentation ceremony

8 September 2017

The WorldSkills Competition, hailed the “Skill Olympics”, will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates in October 2017. The Flag Presentation Ceremony for the largest ever Hong Kong Delegation to the WorldSkills Competition 2017 was held today (8 September). The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin YEUNG, as the officiating guest of honour, presented the HKSAR flag to the delegation and encouraged the competitors to excel and demonstrate their abilities.

A total of 23 young competitors – the largest ever team – will represent Hong Kong to compete in a record-breaking 21 skill competitions this year. More than 1,000 talents from around the world are expected to come together to showcase a variety of skills and share knowledge in the competition.

The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin YEUNG, Acting Consul-General of United Arab Emirates in Hong Kong, Mr Ammar ALBREIKI and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Youth Skills Competition, Mr Herman HUI gave his blessing and support at the ceremony.

Speaking at ceremony, Mr YEUNG noted that members of the Hong Kong Team are champions who excelled in WorldSkills Hong Kong 2016 and wished them every success in the upcoming world competition in Abu Dhabi.

“The Government is committed to promoting vocational education, including repositioning ‘vocational education and training’ as ‘vocational and professional education and training’ (VPET) and enhancing the image of VPET through a series of publicity and promotion activities. In future, we will continue to give unfaltering support to large-scale skills competitions of this kind, so as to provide a favourable platform for skilled young people to showcase their talents and achievements,” he said.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Youth Skills Competition, Herman HUI, thanked the Government and industry members for their staunch support. He said he was confident that the public recognition of vocational and professional education and training would be raised with the Hong Kong team partaking in this year’s WorldSkills Competition. He also wished the competitors to emerge with flying colours. “I understand that you all gave your very best in the past year to get trained and prepared for the competition and I am confident of your capabilities,” said Mr HUI. “Through the competition, I hope you will have your professional knowledge and skills enhanced and horizons broadened, which will prime you for better career planning in the future.”

At the flag presentation ceremony, the Hong Kong delegation received the HKSAR flag from the Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin YEUNG. They vowed to deliver good results and are all ready to set out for the competition with dozens of experts and interpreters.

The biennial WorldSkills Competition is the largest skills tournament to promote professional expertise and skills and to raise awareness of vocational and professional education and training in the international community. Into its 44th edition and to be held between 15 and 18 October in Abu Dhabi, the competition this year has attracted over 1,300 young talents from around 60 countries and regions to compete in 51 skill competitions.

Currently undergoing intensive training, the Hong Kong team will take part in 21 skill competitions (see Annex 1), including: Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering - CAD, IT Software Solutions for Business, Print Media Technology, Web Design and Development, Electrical Installations, Mobile Robotics, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Fashion Technology, Cooking, Restaurant Service, Car Painting, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Graphic Design Technology, Visual Merchandising, Wall and Floor Tiling, Plumbing and Heating, Bricklaying, Painting and Decorating, and Joinery.

At the ceremony, video clips on the preparatory training undertaken were showed. IVE student of the Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering, LEUNG Ka-ching, will take part in the Mobile Robotics skill competition. She has spent roughly 48 hours every week in the past few months on simulated competition training to ensure steady performance. She hopes that she and her teammate will achieve good results with their smooth and efficient work process and excellent rapport.

The Hong Kong competitors are previous prize winners of the WorldSkills Hong Kong Competition, jointly organised by the Vocational Training Council (VTC), the Construction Industry Council, and the Clothing Industry Training Authority, and selected by experts for the WorldSkills Competition. Hong Kong Team has won two Gold, one Silver, four Bronze prizes and 39 Medallions of Excellence since its first joining in 1997, a testimony to international recognition of the professional level and skills of our Hong Kong competitors.

Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council(VTC)is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong with some 250,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) , the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) , the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) , the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) , the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC , Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

VTC web site: www.vtc.edu.hk

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Annex 1

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 15 - 18 October 2017 Hong Kong Team Participating Trades

       Trade Description
1 Mechatronics Competitors are judged on their knowledge and abilities of mechatronic systems, industrial controllers, software programming, circuit designs, analytical techniques, circuit and mechanical designs.
2 Mechanical Engineering- CAD Competitors are required to create two and three-dimensional models and animation of a part using Computer aided design. Competitors will have to demonstrate they can create photo rendered images. The ability to follow technical drawings and dimensioning is essential to this skill. Competitors will be judged on their ability to work with materials, software and hardware.
3 IT Software Solutions for Business Competitors have to design and build a software system for a business using one of the available tools. The designs include function, database, user interface, and security and control. They will also need to present the solutions that they have developed.
4 Print Media Technology Competitors are required to use specialist equipment to print a specified number of different products on the sheet-fed offset presses and produce a number of different products on a digital press under timed conditions. Marks are awarded to those who check for consistent quality and who clean up after the print run is completed.
5 Web Design and Development Competitors are required to design and programme a website. They may be provided with parts of a website such as a completed database or user interface, and then build a fully functional website in accordance with requirements.
6 Electrical Installations Competitors are required to plan, install, test and commission electrical installations in a safe and professional manner. In doing so, they will be judged on their competencies and knowledge of different wiring systems, switchboards and devices. They will also need to read, interpret and revise technical drawings, as well as carrying out their tasks safely.
7 Mobile Robotics Competitors, in two-person teams, are required to programme the provided robots to carry out different sequences. In addition, they have to adjust sensors and assemble and connect peripheral equipment. In the case of hardware problems, teams must be able to handle troubleshooting and repairs on hardware and connections.
8 Hairdressing Competitors are judged on various aspects of hairdressing, including creativity, organisation, time management, hair analysis, hair cutting, colouring and styling, sanitation and occupational health and safety.
9 Beauty Therapy Competitors are required to perform facial treatments, full spa treatments, body massage, bridal and fantasy makeup, pedicure and manicure treatments. During the process they will be judged on the hygiene and safety in their working environment, professional attitude and client relationships.
10 Fashion Technology Competitors are required to prepare, sew and finish a garment on the chosen theme using a pattern provided. Judges are looking for competitors to be creative and artistic with the materials provided.
11 Cooking Competitors are required to prepare, under timed conditions, a range of cold and hot appetizers, main dish and desserts with a variety of produce. Extra marks are awarded for immaculate and stylish presentation of dishes.
12 Restaurant Service Competitors are judged on key skills as service personnel in a restaurant, which includes the servicing of food and beverages. In addition, they will be tested on the preparation of gueridon dishes and cocktails and the identification of drinks. Their personal presentation and social skills will also be parts of the judging criterions.
13 Car Painting Competitors are required to bring back the bodywork of a dented vehicle to its original shape by filling and sanding. A car painter must match the colour, shade and texture of the adjoining panels and apply the correct colour formula.
14 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Competitors are judged on work on refrigeration systems and piping, as well as the ability to diagnose malfunctions and repair or replace refrigeration parts. Extra marks are awarded to those who can demonstrate safe working practices.
15 Graphic Design Technology Competitors are judged on editorial and new media design, packaging design, corporate and information design, as well as advertising and display design. They will need to develop creative ideas while understanding the target audience of the designs.
16 Visual Merchandising Competitors are required to design and install a unique window display. The installation needs to be properly planned and organised, and be produced using appropriate materials. When the installation is completed, competitors will have to present their ideas and designs to the judges.
17 Wall and Floor Tilling Competitors are required to build a test project using bricks and blocks of different materials, using sand, lime and cement and the finished project must be smooth and include decorative brickwork with projects and recesses. Judges are also marking for the correct use of equipment and safe working practices.
18 Plumbing and Heating Competitors are required to install various plumbing and heating pipework. They will also need to repair, maintain or replace a specified plumbing or heating appliance. Work safety is also an element they will be judged on.
19 Bricklaying Competitor are required to lay out wall and floor tiles, stone and other materials in the desired pattern. Marks are also awarded to competitors who can cut and produce complex tile work and exhibit the ability to interpret and execute drawings.
20 Painting and Decorating Competitors are required to decorate walls and doors by applying paint, wallpaper and other decorative techniques. They will be judged on their designs, techniques, time management, efficiency and safety.
21 Joinery Competitors are required to produce items such as wooden doors, bookshelves and ladders. They will be judged on their knowledge and understanding of technical drawings, conformity to ISO standards, as well as the finishing and appearance of their products.

The 23 competitors of the Hong Kong team vow to deliver stellar results in the competition
The 23 competitors of the Hong Kong team vow to deliver stellar results in the competition
The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin YEUNG, officiates at the Flag Presentation Ceremony, wishing the Hong Kong team every success
The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin YEUNG, officiates at the Flag Presentation Ceremony, wishing the Hong Kong team every success
 Chairman of the Standing Committee on Youth Skills Competition, Herman HUI, gives the competitors a boost in morale
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Youth Skills Competition, Herman HUI, gives the competitors a boost in morale
About to take on the skill competition Mobile Robotics, LEUNG Ka-ching (right) is confident to achieve good results in the WorldSkills Competition
About to take on the skill competition Mobile Robotics, LEUNG Ka-ching (right) is confident to achieve good results in the WorldSkills Competition