National Skills Competition: Bangladesh Perspective

Mohammad Rezaul Karim Director (Joint Secretary) NSDC Secretariat

 

Introduction

 

NSDC Secretariat is going to organize National Skills Competition in August 2018. Question may arise why this competition? You will be happy to know that Bangladesh will participate in the World Skills Competition 2019 in Kazan, Russia to be organized by WorldSkills Interna One of the vital conditions for participation in the competition is  to  organize Regional and  National Skills Competition to select the competitors. On the other hand, it will create awareness among the young stars and their parents on skills development.

 

WorldSkills International (WSI)

WorldSkills International is a not for profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. WorldSkills International operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral. WorldSkills is the global hub for skills excellence and development. It is working for Promoting Skills, Career Building, Skills Competitions, Education and Training, International Cooperation and Development and Research. WorldSkills International organizes World Skills Competition once in every two years. Membership is needed to participate in World Skills Competition. On behalf of Bangladesh, NSDC Secretariat achieved full membership status of WorldSkills International on 16 December 2017. Bangladesh is now 79th member country in WorldSkills International.

 

WorldSkills aims to:

 

  • Expose youth to a variety of skilled careers and equip them with the tools and resources they need to build a future.
  • Communicate the benefits of holding a WorldSkills event to Members.
  • Organize skill competitions and events for young people on all levels all over the world.
  • Be a place and a platform for celebrating world-class excellence in skills by showcasing the next generation of skills talent.
  • Explain  the  motivational  and  educational  benefit  of  competitions  by showing how they build Competitors’ character, confidence, commitment, and self-esteem.
  • Offer companies, industries, and trades a chance to meet and recruit skilled people who have demonstrated that they are at the “top of their game.”

 

WorldSkills Competitions

Skills competitions held around the world to showcase and inspire world-class excellence in skills and introduce youth to a variety of skilled careers. The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical  abilities  both  individually  and  collectively to  execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.

One of the main legacies of the WorldSkills Competitions is to give visibility and importance to professional education, as one of the true tools of socioeconomic transformation. The Competition also provides leaders in industry, government and education with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education. New ideas and processes inspire school-aged  youth  to  dedicate  themselves  to  technical,  technological, and service related careers which leads towards a better future.

 

How to Compete

In order to compete at the WorldSkills Competition, a Competitor has to come from a Member country/region. Members have different ways of selecting their team members. A Competitor at the WorldSkills Competition must not be older than 22 in the year of the Competition. Competitors in Information Network

Cabling,    Mechatronics,   Manufacturing   Team    Challenge,    and    Aircraft Maintenance, must not be older than 25 years in the year of the Competition.

 

Preparation of Bangladesh

Now, we are preparing for the Kazan competition. Bangladesh will organize two types of Competition. One to select the participant of Kazan Competition in the name of Rising Star Competition and the other to create mass awareness among the people in the name of National Skills Competition 2018.

 

Rising Star Competition

In World Skills Competition 2017 in Abu Dhabi there were 51 trades to compete. In Kazan competition it may be around 55 trades. As a new member it is not possible for Bangladesh to participate in all of those trades. Initially we decided to participate in 8 trades. To select the participants for Kazan we will organize competition and we named it as Rising Star Competition. Followings are the

Trades for Rising Star Competition:

 

1.  

Fashion Technology

5.  

Bakery

2. IT Software Solution for Business 6. Cooking
3. IT Network Cabling 7. Patisserie and Confectionary
4. Web Design & Development 8. Restaurant Services

We will organize Rising Star Competition in 8 Divisions and in the National Level. From the National Level Competition 2 participants will be selected in each trade. Finally, one participant in each trade will participate in the Kazan competition and the others will remain as back-up.

 

National Skills Competition

On the other hand, we have a plan to organize Divisional Level Skills Competition in 8 Divisions and 1 National Skills Competition in 20 trades including the 8 trades of Rising Star Competition. The trades of the National Skills Competition are as follows:

 

  1. a) Construction and Building Technology

 

  1. Carpentry
  2. Electrical Installation
  1. Painting and Decorating
  2. Concrete Construction Work
  3. Plumbing and Heating
  4. Wall and Floor Tiling

 

  1. b) Creative Arts and Fashion:

 

  1. Fashion Technology
  2. Floristry
  3. Jewelry

 

  1. c) Information and Communication:

 

  1. IT Software Solution for Business
  2. Web Design & Development
  3. Graphic Design Technology
  4. Mobile Robotics

 

  1. d) Manufacturing and Engineering Technology:

 

  1. Welding
  2. Car Painting

 

  1. e) Social and Personal Services:

 

  1. Bakery
  2. Cooking
  3. Hair Dressing
  4. Patisserie and Confectionary
  5. Restaurant Services

 

In the Divisional Level and National Skills Competition age limit will be from 18-

45 years. Participants need not to be conversant in English. The main purpose of this competition is to popularize skills and create awareness. We want to find a national champion in each trade. When a champion in Masonry or Plumbing trade will receive his/her award from Honorable President or Honorable Prime Minister in front of thousands of people he/she will feel honored. This will increase social status of skills. Print and Electronic media will cover the occasion and it will create awareness among the mass people. We have a plan to bring the students of school and colleges in the competition venue to encourage them in

skills development. Each and every Deputy Commissioner of the concerned Districts with the support of Managing Committee will send the students of schools and colleges under his/her jurisdiction to the competition venue. Separate stalls will be arranged to showcase traditional skills/Special type skills of the area. To organize the competition in a festive mode inside, outside and around the stadium and road islands will be decorated with posters, banners and festoons. Beside these, cultural programme will be organized in the venue. A food corner will be set-up where different types of food will be available for the visitors.

In  the  meantime, we organized workshops in  8  Divisions with  the  help of Divisional Level Consultative Committee (DLCC). Divisional Commissioners are

the Chairs of the DLCC. In the workshops threadbare discussions were held on the preparation of the Regional and National Skills Competitions. We made a calendar for our works up to Kazan Competition 2019 and it is approved by Executive Committee of the National Skills Development Council (ECNSDC). We shared our ideas and preparation with the Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) and relevant stakeholders.

As this is for the first time in Bangladesh that we are going to organize Divisional level and National Skills Competitions there may be some laps and gaps. Inspite of that it will be an eye opening event for the young generation who will be involved in the skills development activities. We expect all-out support from all corners of the society.