Skills/Compétences Canada

The medalists of the special edition WorldSkills Competition 2022 are rewarded

Left to right: Sota Morimoto of Japan, Lukas Schwärzler of Austria, Hyeonsu Lee of Korea and Gil Beutler of Switzerland take the podium to accept their medals.

Left to right: Sota Morimoto of Japan, Lukas Schwärzler of Austria, Hyeonsu Lee of Korea and Gil Beutler of Switzerland take the podium to accept their medals.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Oct. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Last night at the closing ceremony of the special edition WorldSkills Competition 2022, which took place October 18-20, 2022, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada , the medalists in industrial mechanics have been announced.

The gold medal was awarded to Sota Morimoto from Japan, the silver medal to Lukas Schwärzler from Austria and the bronze medals to Hyeonsu Lee from Korea and Gil Beutler from Switzerland. In addition, the Medallion of Excellence was awarded to Zong-Han Lin from Chinese Taipei.

The special edition of the WorldSkills 2022 competition features 62 skill areas and more than 1,000 competitors from around the world vying for the title of international champion. In order to represent Canada at the WorldSkills Competition, competitors had to earn the right at the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver last May. Canada participates in a total of 27 competency areas that are hosted in 11 countries.

The 46th WorldSkills Competition was originally scheduled to be held in Shanghai, October 2022. However, due to the ongoing lockdowns and pandemic prevention and control restrictions in China, the organization of the event will not was not possible in 2022. Following this decision, WorldSkills members and global partners began discussions on alternative opportunities for competitors preparing for WorldSkills Competition 2022. WorldSkills International and its member countries and regions came together to create the special edition WorldSkills Competition 2022.

Thanks to the commitment of WorldSkills partners and members, 62 skills competitions will be organized in 29 events, in 26 cities, in 15 countries and regions between September 7 and November 26, 2022.

“The WorldSkills competition is a great way to inspire young people around the world to pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Engaging young people to pursue careers in the skilled trades and technology is critical to our country’s economy to build our future workforce,” said Shaun Thorson, Executive Director of Skills/Compétences Canada .

The WorldSkills competition, which usually takes place every two years, is the largest professional training event in the world and represents the gold standard of excellence in the skilled trades and technologies. The WorldSkills Competition inspires young competitors to reach new heights, helping them turn their passion into a profession. WorldSkills competitions create a global platform to help young people change their lives through skills. #SkillsChangeLives.

About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national not-for-profit organization with Skills Canada partner organizations in each of the provinces/territories that work with employers, educators, labor groups and governments to promote careers in skilled trades and technology to young Canadians. Its unique position among private and public sector partners allows it to work towards meeting Canada’s future skilled labor needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills Canada provides experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions to hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events and programs awareness of skilled trades. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian member organization of WorldSkills.

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