Taipei-Taiwanese competitors at a global vocational skills competition in Russia won 15 medals and 23 medallions for excellence, putting Taiwan in 4th place among the 63 competing countries and regions.
The WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which measures excellence and encourages hundreds of young people to turn their passion onto a profession, attracted more than 1,000 competitors from around the world, including 58 from Taiwan.
The Taiwanese contestants snagged five golden medals in the categories of Bakery, IT Software Solutions for Business, Mechatronics, Graphic Design Technology, and Car Painting.
Gold medal winner Yang Ting-yu (???) in the Car Painting category also received the Best of Nation award.
Young Taiwanese professionals competing in the categories of Electrical Installations, Fashion Technology, Web Technologies, Autobody Repair, and Automobile Technology won five silver medals.
In the areas of Electronics, Manufacturing Team Challenge, Plastic Die Engineering, Polymechanics and Automation, and PAtisserie and Confectionery, Taiwan took five bronze medals.
The WorldSkills Junior competition, which was included this year for the first time, gave seven Taiwanese teenagers a medal haul of five -- four silvers and one bronze -- in the categories of Electrical Installations, Mobile Robotics, Restaurant Service, Industrial Control, and Hairdressing category.
Among the 63 countries and regions that competed in the 45th edition of the biennial WorldSkills Competition, Taiwan finished 4th, based on its medal points, although the points gained in the junior competition were not part of the tally.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Labor noted that Taiwan had won more awards and medals this year than in 2017.
The young Taiwanese competitors are the pride of Taiwan, Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (???) said.
Under new regulations introduced in June to encourage vocational education among youth, the labor ministry will award cash prizes of NT$1.2 million (US$38,000) to each of the gold medal winners in WorldSkills, NT$600,000 to each of the silver medal winners, and NT$400,000 to each of the bronze medal winners.
Winners in the junior category will receive NT$120,000 each for placing second, and NT$80,000 for finishing third in their respective competitions.
The 45th WorldSkills Competition, hosted by WorldSkills International, was held Aug. 22-27 at the Kazan Expo in Russia.
According to the competition website, 1,354 young professionals from 63 countries and regions competed in 56 skills areas this year.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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