Entrants show off their skills in Leipzig

HIGHLY-SKILLED NATION::Taiwanese entrants took part in 39 specialities at the WordSkills Competition, bringing home the third-highest number of medals

Staff writer, with CNA, LEIPZIG, Germany

Tue, Jul 09, 2013 - Page 4

Taiwan collected six gold medals, four silver and eight bronzes, along with 13 “medallions of excellence,” at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition, which ran from Wednesday to Saturday last week in the German city of Leipzig.

Taiwan sent 44 participants to the biennial skilled profession competition, which attracted thousands of participants from 53 countries. Taiwan finished third in total medal count behind South Korea and Switzerland.

This was Taiwan’s best result since it began participating in the competition, said Lin San-quei (林三貴), director-general of the Council of Labor Affairs’ Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training.

Taiwanese took part in 39 skill areas featured at the event, bringing home gold medals in prototype modeling, sheet metal technology, electronics, floristry, plastering and drywall systems and beauty therapy.

Taiwan won silver medals in mechatronics, autobody repair, joinery and restaurant service, while its bronze medals came from plastic die engineering, fashion technology, graphic design technology, painting and decorating, refrigeration and air conditioning, information technology (IT) network systems administration, confectioner/pastry chef, and cooking.

In addition, Taiwan’s entrants won medallions of excellence in CAD mechanical engineering design, CNC turning, CNC milling, IT software solutions for business, welding, wall and floor tiling, electrical installations, bricklaying, mobile robotics, cabinet making, jewelry, hairdressing and automobile technology.

The WorldSkills Competition, which is hosted by a different member country every other year, is a rendezvous for international specialists in vocational education, industry and government.

The competition features skills in six traditional and new disciplines — transportation and logistics, construction and building technology, manufacturing and engineering technology, information and communication technology, creative arts and fashion, and social and personal services.

Taiwan has been participating in the competition since 1970. In 2011, the nation’s entrants garnered one gold, four silvers and three bronze medals, along with 15 medallions of excellence.