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Latvia achieved high success in WorldSkills 2017 competition

WorldSkills 2017 competition is considered the most comprehensive event in the history of the competition’s existence. For the first time it was held in the Near East, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 14th to 19th of October. During the four days eight young people from Latvia presented their skills in the competition of 1300 participants.

Medals for excellence in the competition went to three competitors of the Latvian team: window-dresser Linda Vilka from Liepaja Secondary School of Music, Art and Design, Andis Lācis from Riga State Technical School and graphic designer Katrīna Elizabete Sīle from Riga State Technical School who also obtained the Best of Nation title for the best performance within the national team. Excellence awards were received by those competitors who, on the scale of 799 points, reached at least 700.

In the WorldSkills 2017 competition without the three mentioned above five more young professionals from Latvia participated: in fashion technology Elīna Skrindževska, Jelgava Secondary School of Crafts, in web design and development Igors Novickis, Riga Technical College, in cooking Kristiāna Šteinfelde, Kandava Agriculture Technical School, in cabinet making Dāvis Raimonds Rasups, Riga Technical School of Art and Media and in heavy vehicle maintenance Jānis Ozols, Priekuli Technical School. Latvia scored 25th best team result in countries leaving behind countries such as Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, etc.

During the competition there were also elections of the WorldSkills Europe president, and the member states unanimously elected the Latvian representative Dita Traidās, Director of the State Education Development Agency (SEDA), to be the organisation’s president for the next four years. She has become the first woman in this position in the organisation’s history. Up to now Ms. Traidās took the position of a WorldSkills Europe board member.

The young professional competition WorldSkills is held biannually and inbetween the periods of European scale professional excellence competition EuroSkills. A Latvian team first participated in WorldSkills in 2011. Presently WorldSkills International includes 77 member states from the whole world. Each state is represented by only one state-delegated institution, and in Latvia it is the SEDA.

You can learn more about the competition in SkillsLatvia Facebook account and SEDA homepage under the section WorldSkills.

 

Source: SEDA

27.10.2017.