Metinvest will support the All-Ukrainian competition of professional skills – WorldSkills Ukraine 2022. The qualifying stage will start this October.

Worldskills Ukraine is the most large-scale contest on blue-collar jobs, dedicated for schoolchildren, students and young specialists. Metinvest has already become a time-honoured general partner of the competition, which promotes vocational education in Ukraine.

The WorldSkills Ukraine competition is organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Institute for the Modernization of the Content of Education, the Federation of Employers of Ukraine under the support of the Federation of Metallurgists of Ukraine and Ukrmetallurgprom association.

The competition includes two stages – regional and all-Ukrainian – and lasts for two years. The participants in regions will be selected in October-November this year, and the final at the national level will be held in April-May, 2022.

This year the competition will cover 18 competencies, 12 of which will be dedicated for the students of professional education institutions and qualified workers (18-22 years old) and six will be for schoolchildren. The competition tests for most competencies are already available at the web site of Worldskills Ukraine.

– The WorldSkills contest unites more than 70 countries all over the world and it is important for us to make Ukraine a part of this large-scale trend. In such a way, we can adopt the best practices of promoting blue-collar jobs, motivate students to strive for the best in the profession they choose. Employers give us a big support to hold the competition. This is the best argument for the disputes regarding a feasibility of skilled personnel, and demand for them at the labour market, – noted Serhiy Shkarlet, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.

On a long term, Metinvest sponsors field-oriented competencies and supports competitions among locksmiths, fitters, electricians, welders, assistant locomotive drivers, crane operators, fireproofers.

Metinvest popularizes technical professions and promotes for higher standards of vocational education.

– Metinvest has become a partner of WorldSkills Ukraine since the competition was founded in 2016. This is another evidence of the fact that we consistently indulge in the reorganization of technical education in the country. For the 15 years of operation, Metinvest has invested UAH180 mln in education. Under the support of the Group, 57 professional and 50 educational standards have been introduced in Ukraine. Finally, we are building the first mining and metallurgical university – Metinvest Polytechnic. We do this to help young generation choose an occupation, and for Ukrainians to be proud of the progress of technologies in their country, – said Yuriy Ryzhenkov, the CEO of Metinvest Group.

This time, the company initiates additional projects and events. In particular, master classes on successful passing of competition tests, tours to the enterprises in Mariupol, Zaporizhzhia and Kryvyy Rih, as well as meetings with the TOP manages of the Group have been scheduled for the participants of the regional stages starting from September this year. This will give an opportunity for young generation to get ready better for the competition, and for teachers of vocational education institutions – to improve their skills.

Moreover, the schoolchildren of 8-9 years of education, due to the support of Metinvest, will be able to take part in a career-oriented program Steel Craft. It represents stations at which there will be simulated production tasks that require actions of technical specialists. The participants will be offered to take quests, allowing you to try yourself as a worker. The program will be launched in October.

And during November-May, the experts of WorldSkills International will carry out trainings for Ukrainian specialists at the Academy of WorldSkills Ukraine. There will be discussed international standards for holding of the competitions, evaluating the participants` competencies.

– We have been conducting WorldSkills Ukraine under the support of employers since 2016. To systematize the process, it was decided in 2019 to adopt a Procedure on the competition. From that time on, the event has been held each two years – with regional stages in October-November, and with the final at the national level in April-May. Nowadays, the competition includes 18 competencies, of which 6 are dedicated for schoolchildren. I would like to wish the participants success in fulfilling the tasks and let the best of the best win, – said Iryna Shumik, the General Director of the Professional Education Directorate at the Ministry of Education and Science.