Gearing Up for International Skills Competition: Winners to Compete in WorldSkills Asia

Bhutan, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is now stepping onto the international stage of skills excellence. With its recent membership in WorldSkills Asia, announced in September 2023, the country is poised to showcase its talents globally. The winners of Bhutan’s national skills competition, held for the first time from April 19 to 23 this year, are set to compete in WorldSkills Asia, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s pursuit of skills development.

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) spearheaded the preparatory efforts, hosting the inaugural national skills preparation event at the Jigme Wangchuck Power Training Institute in Sarpang. This event not only served as a platform for honing skills but also as a celebration of Bhutanese craftsmanship and talent.

National Zorig Day, observed in Gelephu, served as the perfect backdrop for recognizing the winners of the competition. Artisans proudly displayed their creations, offering a glimpse into the skill and dedication of Bhutan’s workforce.

Karma Dorji, chairman of the national skills competition operating committee, emphasized the alignment of criteria with international standards. Restricting participation to individuals aged 18 to 25 ensures consistency with WorldSkills Asia regulations, with an eye on potential participation in WorldSkills International, where the age limit is 22.

The government’s endorsement of Bhutan’s membership in international skills competitions reflects its commitment to empowering youth and fostering skill development. Education Minister Yeezang De Thapa emphasized the broader implications of skills development, highlighting its role in driving economic growth and promoting entrepreneurship.

The national competition showcased talents across eight categories, ranging from traditional crafts like religious painting and carving to modern disciplines such as web technology and welding. The winners, including eight female participants, received cash prizes and additional benefits, recognizing their outstanding achievements.

Dorji Thongmey, winner of the web technology category and a student at Gyalpozhing College of Information Technology, underscored the importance of skills in today’s competitive job market. His sentiments were echoed by Bidya Rai, winner of the baking category, who emphasized the need for continuous skill enhancement to thrive in the global arena.

WorldSkills Asia serves as a platform for participants from across Asia to demonstrate their expertise, fostering collaboration and exchange of best practices in technical and vocational education. Bhutan’s participation not only elevates its profile but also contributes to the broader mission of promoting skills excellence across the region.

As Bhutan prepares to embark on its journey to WorldSkills Asia, the nation stands united in its commitment to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of excellence. With skills as its cornerstone, Bhutan is poised to leave a lasting impression on the global stage, showcasing the ingenuity and craftsmanship that define the spirit of the Kingdom.

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