On the morning of October 17 (Vietnam time), the organizers of the World Vocational Skills Competition (Word Skills) 2022 in Germany officially announced that the Vietnamese delegation won two silver medals in CNC milling and CNC turning.
Mr. Nguyen Chi Truong - Director General of the Department of Vocational Skills, General Department of Vocational Education, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs - assessed this as an unprecedented achievement for the Vietnamese delegation to participate in the World Vocational Skills Competition for Vietnam up to now.
Solving difficult problems from reality
This year, the World Skills Competition 2022 Special Edition attracted more than 1,000 candidates from 63 countries and territories competing in 62 occupations. According to the experts of this exam, it is possible to imagine the exams in the World Skills Competition as a marathon.
In 3-4 days, competitors will take "sequential" tests. Each competitor must demonstrate professional knowledge, mastery of modern equipment in the world and especially have an accurate problem-solving mindset.
The topic is about practical application problems, such as technologies close to the profession in CNC milling and CNC turning.
After a series of tests, candidates will often have to come up with ideas and design models to solve difficult problems that some companies in the same field around the world are facing.
As a result, Nguyen Thanh Tung (23 years old) and Nguyen Xuan Thai (23 years old) - from DENSO Vocational Skills Training Institute, under DENSO Company (Hanoi) - won silver medals.
In the CNC milling, Nguyen Thanh Tung surpassed contestants from 22 participating countries to rank 2nd in the final, just behind the competitor from China.
Talking quickly with Tuoi Tre, Tung said that this was the first time of changing in CNC milling. That is, the organizing committee offers an open topic with a variety of content, forcing candidates to complete it properly in all aspects.
Meanwhile, in CNC turning, Nguyen Xuan Thai of Vietnam and two competitors from the Japanese and Thai delegations won the silver medal, and the gold medal belonged to the Chinese one.
Nguyen Xuan Thai said: "I feel very happy and proud to have won the silver medal. And even more honored is that this silver medal has partly demonstrated the level of vocational skills that Vietnam has been able to approach the world.”
Nguyen Xuan Thai participated in the World Vocational Skills Competition 2022 in Germany - Photo: CTV
Enterprises join hands
Ms. Hoang Thi Thanh Huyen - supervisor of the production planning department of DENSO Company - said that since October 2019, the company's training institute has started the process of recruiting students at colleges and universities to participate in the 46th World Vocational Skills Competition. After the general skills tests, the institute selected eight students.
They participated in training courses in terms of expertise and skills. The four top students were selected for further intensive training. Then they were divided into two pairs with a one-to-one attitude, choosing the last two representatives.
In addition to practicing at the company and school, they participated in a number of regional tournaments to increase the friction.
"The special thing is that some of the experts who train them are competitors who have achieved high results in vocational skills competitions in previous years," Ms. Huyen said.
Mr. Nguyen Chi Truong said that this year, businesses had participated deeply in the Vietnamese delegation.
They sent many experts to educational institutions to train competitors and equip them with new technologies. Some businesses are even willing to provide financial support for competitors going abroad for training.
"This shows that businesses are increasingly interested in collaborating with vocational schools to acquire highly skilled human resources," Truong said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dong Van Ngoc - principal of Hanoi Electromechanical Vocational College - said that in recent years, a close "handshake" has been recorded between schools and enterprises, not only in training and recruitment, but also in major exams such as World Vocational Skills.
Enterprises have the advantage of international standard experts, updating new trends in each new profession. While vocational schools have strengths in facilities, training conditions...
In the end, the beneficiaries of this cooperation are young people when there are more opportunities to improve vocational skills.
Hope to win more medals
With two silver medals so far, this is the highest achievement of the Vietnamese delegation at the World Vocational Skills Competition. In 2019, the Vietnamese delegation won a silver medal. In previous years, the Vietnamese delegation won bronze medals and world certificates of vocational skills.
World Vocational Skills Competition 2022, Vietnam’s delegation has 11 competitors in 10 occupations including mechatronics, cloud computing, information network cable installation, water technology, electrical installation, CNC milling, CNC turning, CAD mechanical engineering design, information technology software solutions, hair styling design. Competitors depending on their profession will take the exam in six countries including Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Japan, and Korea.
Mr. Nguyen Chi Truong said that the 11 competitors from the Vietnamese delegation were highly appreciated by experts. Both workmanship and skills show excellence along with careful preparation. "However, the World Skills Competition is still going on until the end of November. Vietnam still has a lot of hope to win more medals, especially in the electrical installation profession," said Mr. Truong.