22 - 27 August 2019

WorldSkills Kazan 2019: Day 1 of Competition begins!

Competition

23.08.2019, 16:19

Years of preparation and training came to fruition today when the first day of competition commenced for the 1,300 competitors of the 45th WorldSkills Competition, Kazan, Russia 2019.

They started their skills journey nearly two years ago with Regional and National skills competitions in their own countries and have travelled to Russia to compete against their peers in 56 skills areas spread across 58 hectares of the Kazan Expo site.

The skill competitions include many familiar vocations such as Plumbing, Bricklaying, Cooking, Carpentry, Hairdressing, Electrical Installation, Welding, Jewellery and the oldest skill; Architectural Stonemasonry.

Added to this are a wide variety of lesser known and new skills including Aircraft Maintenance, Web Technologies, Health and Social Care and Cloud Computing. Two new skills areas; Water Technology and Hotel Reception have also been added to the competition for the first time this year.

Many visitors to the site took advantage of guided excursions, while others took their time meandering through the clusters and halls observing the Competitors' work in progress.

Some of the more visually beautiful categories included Patisserie and Confectionery, Hairdressing and Floristry. One of the most popular skill areas on the first day was Restaurant Services, where a selection of guests, volunteers, and team officials were given the opportunity to be served a variety of food and beverages by the competitors.

There was a large number of school students who visited the expo today and they were rewarded with a host of information about vocational skills and career options for their future.  They particularly enjoyed the opportunity to try their hand at various skills within the special Try-a-Skill zones. Activities included workshops, presentations or demonstrations.

The competitions run for further three days with the winners to be announced at the Closing Ceremony on 27 August 2019, at the Kazan Arena Stadium.

WorldSkills Kazan 2019

WorldSkills Kazan 2019 is taking place from August 22-27. More than 1,300 competitors from 63 WorldSkills Member countries and regions compete in 56 skills. This is the largest international event in Russia in 2019.

Kazan was awarded the right to hold the event in 2015, after a vote of WorldSkills Members. WorldSkills Russia works in all 85 regions of the country and is one of the priority projects for the federal government in the field of personnel training and economic development.

Press Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizer