India to participate in World Skills Competition in Japan

India to participate in World Skills Competition in Japan

New Delhi: India is now acknowledged as having one of the youngest population in the world and the only country with a declining age - dependency ratio. It can now provide to the graying world what it most needs – a productive workforce.

India will for the first time participate in the World Skills Competition, to be held at Shizouka, Japan from 14 –21 November 2007. CII is representing India in the Competition and is taking a team of 30 members to mark its presence on the world skills map.

World Skills International is a unique, not for profit, International Membership Organization that aims to raise the status and standards of vocational skills and training worldwide, in an innovative and forward looking way. Established in 1950 with 49 countries as members, it has formally inducted India as a member on 12th November07.

Every two years, hundreds of young skilled men and women gather from around the world to compete before the public on 40 skills against demanding international standards. The competition is open to only young people below the age of 22years and is called World Olympics for skills.

Aimed at creating respect for skills, dignity of labour and interest amongst youngsters so that they can spruce up their vocational skills and training, it provides a unique opportunity to network with the world community as they learn from each other and recognize outstanding skilled young people across the world.

The event is being held along with the 7th Abilympics Competition at Shizouka, Japan from 14-18th November 2007. About 3452 participants from 63 countries includes 836 competitors and 425 contestants from 28 countries for International Abilympics.

The competition will have 40 Skills, 4 Demonstration Skills and 5 Host Member Skills. while the International Abilympics will have 30 Skills.

India will participate in five skill categories. Competitors and experts are drawn from Tata Motors, Pune, MICO BOSCH, Bangalore and Gee Dee Technical Training Institute, Coimbatore.