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Team Hong Kong take one Bronze Prize and seven Medallions for Excellence at 44th WorldSkills Competition

19 October 2017

The 44th WorldSkills Competition held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, came to a successful close last evening (19 October) with the Hong Kong Team winning a Bronze Prize in Beauty Therapy and Medallions for Excellence in seven trades, namely Mechatronics, IT Software Solutions for Business, Web Design and Development, Electrical Installations, Mobile Robotics, Hairdressing, and Visual Merchandising. This strong all-round performance testifies to the globally benchmarked expertise of the Hong Kong competitors.
 
For the winners obtaining Medallions for Excellence, the Mechatronics team ranked fourth while those from Web Design and Development, Mobile Robotics and Visual Merchandising finished in fifth place.
 
The Bronze Prize winner LAU Wai-yin is a graduate of the Diploma of Vocational Education (Beauty Care) at Youth College, who explained that competitors were required to perform a facial treatment, full spa treatment, body massage and pedicure and manicure treatments to demonstrate their all-round skill set. In the last segment of the competition, they were further required to present a make-up on the theme of “Arabian Nights”. Wai-yin thanked her expert mentors for the comprehensive and intensive training provided in preparation for the tournament, saying she had achieved a marked improvement in skills and developed the necessary fortitude and responsiveness to rise to the challenge.
 
Winners of a Medallion for Excellence in the Mechatronics competition, graduates of IVE’s Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering SO Tsz-kin and KONG Chun-yat, ranked 4th in their trade. Tsz-kin said what they had learnt the most was how to maintain their composure and positive thinking, collaborating clear-headedly with their teammates in the face of mounting pressure. Chun-yat felt that his professional capabilities had been raised after taking on contestants from different countries and regions. They were also named Best of Nation team.
 
Meanwhile, winners of a Medallion for Excellence in Mobile Robotics were graduates of IVE’s Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering, NG Pak-yeung and LEUNG Ka-ching, who ranked 5th in their trade among more than 20 teams. They said they had already harvested a huge gain by being able to compare notes with talented young counterparts the world over and improve their professional skills.      
 
Another winner of a Medallion for Excellence in Visual Merchandising, LUNG Chi-sing, said he treasured the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the WorldSkills Competition. After graduating from HKDI’s Higher Diploma in Exhibition Design, he has undergone tough training to prepare for the competition.
 
Competitor in the Web Design and Development trade CHAN Yik-hei, an IVE Higher Diploma graduate in Game Software Development, said that normally at least one day was required for the design and development of a content management system, but this time the organiser required competitors to complete the web page within two-and-a-half hours. The Hong Kong Team had specifically purchased for him a professional keyboard and mouse to save his typing time. He made good use of every minute available and came out in fifth place among more than 30 contenders to earn a Medallion for Excellence.
 
Hailed as the “Skills Olympics”, the biennial WorldSkills Competition is aimed at promoting professional expertise and the mastery of skills, as well as raising understanding and awareness of vocational and professional education and training in the international community.
 
The four-day WorldSkills Competition 2017, held from 15-18 October, attracted over 1,300 talented young people from some 60 countries and regions, contesting 51 skills competitions. This year’s event boasted the largest number of participants to date, ensuring heated competition for the accolades. In some of the trades, the skills tests posed even bigger challenges as the contestants only learnt of their assignments onsite and then had to give their best to complete the tasks within the designated time – a demanding test of their responsiveness and nerve.
 
A total of 22 young competitors – Hong Kong’s largest ever team – represented the city in 20 trades this year, namely 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 and Air Conditioning, Graphic Design Technology, Visual Merchandising, Wall and Floor Tiling, Bricklaying, Painting and Decorating, and Joinery.
 
Members of the Hong Kong Team are champions who excelled in WorldSkills Hong Kong 2016, 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. Including the honours earned this year, the Hong Kong Team has won two Gold, one Silver, five Bronze prizes and 46 Medallions for Excellence since it first joined the event in 1997. The 45th WorldSkills Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia in 2019.  

Established in 1982, the  Vocational Training Council(VTCis 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 to 18 October 2017
List of Hong Kong Team winner

Skill Competition Competitor (Prize)
Beauty Therapy LAU Wai-yin (Bronze)
Mechatronics SO Tsz-kin and KONG Chun-yat
 (Medallion for Excellence)
IT Software Solutions for Business CHONG Tak-ki (Medallion for Excellence)
Web Design and Development CHAN Yik-hei (Medallion for Excellence)
Electrical Installations CHAN Siu-lam (Medallion for Excellence)
Mobile Robotics NG Pak-yeung and LEUNG Ka-ching (Medallion for Excellence)
Hairdressing LI Chun-kiu (Medallion for Excellence)
Visual Merchandising LUNG Chi-sing (Medallion for Excellence)

 

Hong Kong’s winners pose with their medals after the team put in a strong performance to bring home one Bronze prize and seven Medallions for Excellence from the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi.
Hong Kong’s winners pose with their medals after the team put in a strong performance to bring home one Bronze prize and seven Medallions for Excellence from the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi.
LAU Wai-yin emerges with flying colours in the Beauty Therapy competition, winning a Bronze Prize.
LAU Wai-yin emerges with flying colours in the Beauty Therapy competition, winning a Bronze Prize.
Winners of Medallion for Excellence in the Mechatronics competition SO Tsz-kin (left) and KONG Chun-yat (right), graduates of IVE’s Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, are also named Best of Nation team.
Winners of Medallion for Excellence in the Mechatronics competition SO Tsz-kin (left) and KONG Chun-yat (right), graduates of IVE’s Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, are also named Best of Nation team.