The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects the global industry. The competitors represent the best among their peers and are selected from skills competitions in WorldSkills member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study or perform at their workplace.
The mega event is preceded by cluster level skill completion, which was the elimination round for the state level competition. It was a tough challenge and the competitors battled it out to win a berth in the regional competition followed by a national skills trial. Only one candidate from each trade will represent India in the WorldSkill competition 2019 in Kazan, Russia.
On May 4, during the cluster level competition held in DBCL, father Mario Vaz, vice rector and executive director of DBCL, welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction of Don Bosco and DBCL Kurla. After the inauguration, the competitors reported to the various testing areas to participate in the event. Training was provided by experts to give equal opportunity to the competitors and then the testing was conducted.
Competitors showed their skill in auto body repair, automotive technologies, car painting, architecture stone masonry, electrical installation, electronics, floristry, beauty therapy, brick laying, carpentry, cabinet making, information network cabling, IT software solutions for business, industrial control, hair dressing, mechanical engineering CAD, refrigeration and air conditioning, web design and development, welding, industrial control, bakery, cooking, confectionery and restaurant services.
The second day of Mahakaushalya 2018 saw youth from hair, beauty therapy, floristry, refrigeration, air-conditioning, mechatronics and electronics vying for top honours.
Russel Fernandes from automotive technology, Rohit Kharatmol from car painting, Shivaim Shukla from electronics, Saifali Khan from ref. & air-conditioning and Belim Hanif from plumbing, won gold medals, whereas Akash Pawar from car painting, Nishad Chandan from auto body repair & Shrinavas Boga from cooking bagged silver medals for DBCL Kurla. Winners and runner-ups will represent Maharashtra at the regional level to be held later this month.
The Mahakaushalya 2018 is a unique platform to scout and promote youth skills and the Salesians are glad to be part in it.