The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has won six gold and three silver medals at the 2018 World Skills Asia competition in Abu Dhabi, with the country’s representatives demonstrating their outstanding vocational skills.
The competition, held from Nov. 26 to 30, brought together vocational school students from across Asia, requiring them to demonstrate their prowess in their respective fields, from fashion technology, information technology administration, automotive, web design to electronic appliances. A panel of judges assessed their competencies in these fields.
“Congratulations to Indonesia’s finest youngsters who have been successful at this Asian-level vocational competition. I hope these achievements will be a jumping off point for other Indonesians to achieve bigger things in the future,” Manpower Ministry Training and Productivity Guidance Directorate General Bambang Satrio Lelono said as quoted in a press release made available on Dec. 2.
Hundreds of competitors representing 19 Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, the UAE and Bahrain joined the event. The event also featured a number of experts and guests from Europe and the American continents.
At this year’s competition, the first of its kind at the Asian level, Indonesia sent 10 competitors, all of whom were students of vocational schools and universities across Indonesia, along with a number of experts who coached the competitors to prepare them for the event.
The Indonesian delegation won the largest number of medals at the competition.
Prior to the competition, the competitors had already competed at the 2018 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Skills Competition in Bangkok, earlier this year. The Southeast Asian-level competition helped them refine their skills before the Asia-wide competition.
The ministry supported the Indonesian delegates’ participation at both events. According to Bambang, the Indonesian vocational school students would be able to continuously upgrade their competencies by joining such competitions and that the ministry would support them as part of its vision to improve the quality of Indonesia’s human resources.