Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.
WorldSkills Kazan 2019
What to study?
For prelims: Key features and objectives of the conference, About Worldskills and it’s associates.
For mains: Need for and significance of competition in encouraging skill development.
Context: The 45th WorldSkills Competition is being held at the KAZAN EXPO International Exhibition Centre in Kazan, Russia.
What is it?
It is a flagship event of the WorldSkills International, organised every two years.
It is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry.
The aims of the competition include demonstrating the advantages of learning a vocational skill, and encouraging ‘parity of esteem’ between vocational and academic qualifications.
WorldSkills currently has 79 Member countries and regions, most of which organise national skills competitions that help to prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.
WorldSkills International was formerly known as the International Vocation Training Organisation (IVTO).
It was founded in the 1940s and emerged from a desire to create new employment opportunities for young people in some of the economies that were devastated by the Second World War.
What Is WorldSkills India?
WorldSkills India is an initiative of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. NSDC, through its WorldSkills India initiative, has been leading the country’s participation at WorldSkills International competitions since 2011.
The key objectives of WorldSkills India are to:
- Promulgate skills in the society and motivate the youth to pursue vocational education.
- Champion skills and learning for work through local, regional, national and international skills competition and contribute to the society.
- Invite sponsorships to organize the local, regional, national and international skills competitions and also host international competitions.
- Establish links and a long-term association with the WSI secretariat along with development of cooperation with the Government of India, state Governments, registered vocational skills training and awarding bodies.