WorldSkills Asia 4th General Assembly via Online
WorldSkills Asia Organization continues its global achievements within the level of the Asian Continent as the 4th General Assembly was held on 15th January 2021 via online. Under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), this virtual General Assembly was participated by 23 member countries with a total attendance of 110 representatives from member countries and sponsors.
The meeting was chaired by HE Dr. Mubarak Al Shamsi, WSA President and General Director of Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET). The President began by welcoming all representatives of member countries and the sponsors, followed by reviewing the proposed objectives and the agenda of this meeting.
Worldskills Asia CEO, Eng. Fahar Al Suwaidi, then presented a comprehensive report of the organization’s achievements, marketing initiatives, and new developments pertaining to the activities and direction of the organization in the coming years. He presented the new roadmap of the upcoming events of the organization as follows:
- WorldSkills Asia Friendly Online Competition 2021
- WorldSkills Asia General Assembly 2022 (Republic of Korea, Incheon)
- WorldSkills Asia Competition 2023 (Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur)
Other updates included in his report was the draft of the WSA Constitution and By-laws and the Code of Conduct and Ethics for members’ ratification.
He also presented the newly joined members who were all given slots to do their presentation about their country and their respective TVET activities. There were twelve (12) countries who applied to join the organization and members’ ratification is required for each country namely:
1- Republic of Armenia
2- Islamic Republic of Iran
3- Republic of Kazakhstan
4- Sri Lanka
5- Republic of Yemen
6- Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
7- Republic of Maldives
8- Republic of Uzbekistan
9- Republic of Azerbaijan
11- Papua New Guinea
12- Sultanate of Oman
The members unanimously voted for the approval and acceptance of the new member countries joining the organization. Worldskills Asia membership is now totaled to twenty-six (26) countries. In addition, the members also voted for the nominee, Ms. Aleena from Russia, for the new position to sit in the Board.
In relation to the organization’s upcoming events, the host for the next General Assembly in 2022, Republic of Korea, was given the slot to present their plans and programs. Another presentation was made by Malaysia for their hosting of the WSA Skills Competition 2023 in Kuala Lumpur.
Four sponsors were also given the opportunity to introduce their company and their products. The sponsors, at the same time, presented their offers of support to WSA and cited their commitment to be part of WSA’s events on all its technical and administrative requirements.
In conclusion, HE Dr. Mubarak Al Shamsi thanked everyone for attending the meeting and for their contribution and commitment in supporting the direction of the organization to be able to reach its desired goals. He expressed his best wishes to all Worldskils Asia member countries for continuous progress and prosperity in all their undertakings.
16 December 2020
WorldSkills Asia Faces this Challenging Times Head on!
With the cancellation of WSA Skills Competition scheduled in November this year, WSA will adopt and introduce the distance-learning program for experts in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Worldskills Russia, Omnia Education Partnerships Ltd and Studica via zoom live starting this 01st July 2020.
Today, 15th June, marks the start of the registration for the first-ever “Experts Virtual Training” open and free of cost for all member countries.
The skills program offered includes Enterprise Information Systems Security, Graphic Design Technology, IT Network Systems Administration, IT Software Solutions for Business, Web Design and Development and Mechanical Engineering CAD. Each skill will only enlist a maximum of 2 experts and training will run for 1 - 2 hours daily in two weeks-time.
In spite of this challenging pandemic situation, WorldSkills Asia seizes this opportunity to pursue with its program for member countries with the aid of the technology. Creating this online training for experts and learners will enable them to create a positive mind-set and readiness for the proposed virtual competition in the near future.
15 June 2020
Experts Training for Online Friendly Skills Games 2021
As the current unprecedented situation calls for a creative way of providing continuing training and education to our experts and learners, WORLDSKILLS ASIA did the distance learning program in 2020 for all its member countries and it was a successful program. In 2021 we are extended our online training to cover more skills and prepare for ONLINE FRIENDLY SKILLS GAMES 2021.
To understand the overall purpose of the program and to ensure as such is directly aligned with the mission of the organization, the following objectives were established:
• To be able to face the emerging global challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and to sustain the educational response in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
• To continuously promote among different institutions and actors in the region the exchange of experiences, ideas, and initiatives related to the implementation of TVET programs in the context of the pandemic.
• To prepare and ensure the readiness of the experts in engaging in Distance Skills Games in the upcoming months.
• To reflect the Asian efforts, shared knowledge, and constant communication to keep us stay connected with each other.
Creating such a program will enable the experts to have access to the training in their respective places. The training of experts and learners is to ensure their readiness in engaging all the Asian teams in the Online Friendly Skills Games 2021.
Online Distance Training 2021 must be adopted, and education and training providers need to revise the teaching curriculum and learning models to make the best use of digital resources and tools. Short-term solutions may be possible and WorldSkills Asia seizes this opportunity to create long-term positive impact and develop greater resilience for the best interest of the organization and its member countries.
03 March 2021
T Levels: The Arrival of Vocational Education
“T” (for technical) Levels are new courses – equivalent to 3A Levels, which will be offered progressively in Sixth Forms and Colleges in England starting from September 2020. The UK Government intends that T Levels will become one of the main choice for Students after GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), alongside apprenticeships, for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’ and ‘A’ levels for students who wish to continue an academic education.
The T Level courses, each lasting two years have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.
This new qualification complements the current BTEC qualification – offered by a number of UAE schools, which includes Business and Technology subject options but does not incorporate industry placement on a compulsory basis.
UK curriculum schools in the UAE fully anticipate that this additional pathway for students will become available and have welcomes its introduction.
Commenting on the introduction of “T” Levels, Mr. Simon O’Connor, Principal of KHDA Outstanding-rated GEMS Jumeirah College stated:
“The new T Level qualification certainly answers the question regarding a powerhouse qualification for less academic routes for our students which has been asked for so long.”
03 February 2020