Skills are at the foundation of the modern world.
From houses to companies and industries to economies, skills are the driving force behind it all. And WorldSkills International (WSI) has been doing commendable work in promoting vocational education and training across the world. Set-up in 1950, WSI is the largest skill competition in the world, which is held once every two years.
More than 1000 contestants below the age of 23, compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, in over 46 skills. The most recent one was held at São Paulo, Brazil – it was the 43rd WSI competition.
WorldSkills India hits the ground in 2011
India wasn’t a part of this global event until NSDC formed WorldSkills India that led India’s participation at WSI in 2011.
2013, WorldSkills India made a grand performance – it led a delegation of 24 candidates who participated in 22 skills at the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany and won 3 medallion of excellence at the competition, in graphic design technology, IT software solution for business and jewellery designing.
In the recently concluded WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, Indian team greatly surpassed their past performance and won 8 medallions of excellence. 59 countries and 1189 competitors participated in this event.
In all these years, WorldSkills India has enabled youth to showcase their talent to the world – which in turn has encouraged hundreds and thousands of youth in India to change their minds about vocational trades – more and more youngsters are now increasingly taking up vocationally oriented careers and contributing to India’s economic engine as well.
If you want to read more about WorldSkills India, WorldSkills International, or whether you can participate in the future event, read this section on NSDC’s WorldSkills Initiative.