The 7th WorldSkills Russia National Competition started in Kazan

“Tatneft Arena” sports and concert multifunctional center in Kazan hosted the Opening ceremony of the largest skills competition in the country. The 7th WorldSkills Russia National Competition takes place between May 20-24 in Tatarstan. Its goal is to introduce the best international practices into the national system of education, increase the attractiveness of skilled jobs and improve the quality of training.

For three days, more than 1,500 boys and girls will be competing for the title of the best young professionals in the country. The competitors are students of vocational schools from 16 to 22 years old who have passed strict qualifying competitions and now will act on behalf of their regions.

Simon Bartley, President, WorldSkills International called all the competitors champions regardless of marks and the results of the final competitions.

“Think about the long way you have come, and where it brought you. Think about how much you have achieved in such a short time. You are the future of your country, a role model for future generations that will see the power of skilled jobs and vocational education by looking at your accomplishments. This will make their lives better,” said Bartley.

There are seven skills sectors at the WorldSkills Russia National Competition: Construction and Building Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Creative Arts and Fashion, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Social and Personal Services as well as Transportation and Logistics. 91 skills will be presented at the competition venue, of which 23 – belong to the Future Skills segment, the so-called “professions of the future.” These include Quantum and Cloud Technology, Industrial Robotics, UAV Operation, Neurointerface Design, Space Systems.

Irina Potekhina, Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, noted that every WorldSkills competition is a new step into the future offering great prospects for the country and all the competitors.

“Each of you, regardless of the final result at the competition, will reach their own limit. This competition is just the beginning of a long journey and I wish you all to keep achieving new victories throughout your entire life. Go big!” said Potekhina.

For the first time the WorldSkills Russia National Competition will become a meet up point for professionals of different age categories. There are almost 400 WorldSkills Russia Juniors among the competitors. The best schoolchildren aged from 12 to 16 years old will be competing in 48 skills. Along with the main competition, “Tatneft Arena” is to become the venue for the 2nd Skills of the Wise Competition according to WorldSkills Standards for professionals above 50 years old. More than 200 competitors will take part.  

Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan, told us that the “Kazan Expo” Exhibition Center being the venue of the competition was built specifically for WorldSkills Competition Kazan 2019 – the main international event of the year in Russia.

 “The current WorldSkills Russia National Competition is a dress rehearsal and final preparation for the WorldSkills Competition to be held in August in Kazan, Russia,” said Rustam Minnikhanov.

More than 130 young professionals from 26 countries came here to compete in their skills: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Vietnam. They will perform at the competition as guest competitors.

In addition to foreign guests, the venue will host training for the members of the national team. The Expert Community will be represented by nearly by 1,300 compatriots. Robert Urazov, the Director General of the Union “Young professionals (Worldskills Russia)” said the experts of the competition are its main power, and they create the best training system in the country.

“In August, we will be hosting the WorldSkills Competition and its motto is “Future in your hands”, and I want to tell all of you – the future is in our hands,” said Robert Urazov.

The winners and champions of the 7th WorldSkills Russia National Competition will be recommended as members of the expanded WorldSkills Russia national team and get a chance to defend the honor of the Russian flag at the WorldSkills Competition 2021 in Shanghai and the EuroSkills Competition 2022 in St. Petersburg.