The World Skills Competition 2022 was suddenly canceled because China still applies a “zero covid” policy, while just over three months until the time of organization.
On the evening of May 31, the Organizing Committee of the World Skills competition made the above announcement. The reason mentioned is that China is still closing its borders and applying many strict measures to prevent and control Covid-19.
The World Skills Competition is held every two years, which falls on odd years. Because of Covid-19, the 2021 contest (held in Shanghai, China) has been back to 2022, scheduled to take place from 12 to 17/10. However, with the above decision, this year’s contest was ultimately unable to take place.
Chris Humphries, Chairman of the Examinations Committee, expressed disappointment when World Skills was cancelled. He said the organizers and partners are discussing alternative opportunities or contests. “We are actively looking for an alternative solution, with an announcement expected by the end of June,” Chris said.
As for China, it pledged to still support the contest and expressed its wish to host it at the right time.
In 2024, World Skills will be held in Lyon, France. After this exam, the Organizing Committee considers bringing World Skills back to Shanghai, China, in 2026 if approved by the council members.
The World Skills Competition is open to workers under the age of 22 (some occupations allow no more than 25 years old) worldwide and has been held 45 times. Each exam, hundreds of candidates from about 100 countries and territories will participate.
Vietnam has participated in World Skills seven times, starting in 2007. The last time it competed in 2019, it was in 2019. Truong The Dieu, DENSO Vocational Skills Training Institute (Dong Anh, Hanoi), brought home a silver medal in CNC Milling. This is Vietnam’s highest achievement in seven times participating in the exam.
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