The qualifying stage of the All-Ukrainian competition of professional skills WorldSkills Ukraine 2022 for young professionals and schoolchildren will begin in October this year in Ukraine. Metinvest Group has been the general partner of the competition for the sixth year in a row.
The competition consists of two stages – regional and all-Ukrainian – and lasts two years. The selection for the competition in the regions will take place in October-November this year, and the final at the national level in April-May 2022.
This year, the competition will be held in 18 competencies, of which 12 are for students of vocational education institutions and skilled workers and six are for schoolchildren. Competition projects for most of the competencies have already been posted on worldskillsukraine.org. The essence of the tasks is for the participants to demonstrate their practical skills within a certain period of time.
Metinvest Group traditionally sponsors core competencies and supports competitions among turners, locksmiths, electricians, welders, locomotive driver assistants, crane drivers, and fireproofers.
This year Metinvest initiated additional projects and events for experts, contestants, teachers and schoolchildren, which will help popularize technical professions and raise vocational education standards.
In particular, from November 2021 to May 2022, WorldSkills International experts will conduct trainings for Ukrainian specialists on international standards for holding competitions and assessing the competencies of participants at the WorldSkills Ukraine Academy. At the same time, teachers of vocational education institutions in Mariupol, Zaporozhye and Kryvyi Rih will be able to improve their qualifications at Metinvest enterprises and take part in conferences.
Metinvest will also help the national teams prepare for the competition. Until September of this year, participants in regional competitions will receive master classes on performing competitive tasks, excursions to enterprises and meetings with top managers of the Group.
Students in grades 8 and 9 will be able to take part in the Steel Craft career guidance program. These are stations that simulate production tasks for technicians. Participants will be offered to go through quests that will give them the opportunity to try themselves in a working profession. The program will start in October 2021 and will be implemented in Mariupol, Zaporozhye and Kryvyi Rih.
General Director of Metinvest Group Yuri Ryzhenkov
– Metinvest has become a partner of WorldSkills Ukraine since the competition was founded in 2016. This is another evidence that we are consistently engaged in the reform of technical education in the country. Over 15 years of operation, Metinvest has allocated UAH 180 million to the education sector. With the support of the Group, 57 professional and 50 educational standards have been introduced in Ukraine. In the end, we are building the first mining and metallurgical university in Ukraine Metinvest Polytechnic. We do all this so that young people find themselves in professions, and Ukrainians can be proud of the development of technologies in their country.
Worldskills Ukraine is part of the international competition Worldskills International, which is called the Olympic Games for students and employees aged 18-22.
The organizers of the competition are the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Institute for the Modernization of Education Content, the Federation of Employers of Ukraine with the support of the Federation of Metallurgists of Ukraine and the Ukrmetallurgprom association.
The Worldskills International Association was founded in 1946. This is the whole competition in the world: the competition is held in 85 countries. Ukraine became a member of Worldskills International in 2016.