x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Competition puts Emiratis' skills to the test

Emirates Skills National Competition will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company between April 23 and April 25.

ABU DHABI // Young nationals will pit their vocational skills against each other in this year's Emirates-Skills National Competition next month.

The three-day competition is open to all Emiratis aged between 16 and 20 and features 19 skill categories.

They include industrial electronics, fashion technology, aircraft maintenance, web design and more traditional trades such as rope weaving and fishnet making, said Ali Al Marzouqi, president of EmiratesSkills.

The youths will be asked to demonstrate their chosen skill in a test evaluated by experts, and entries will be whittled down to 425.

Mr Al Marzouqi said the competition was about creating valuable opportunities for young nationals to challenge their peers and "refine their skills to the highest degree of precision".

The three winners in each skill category will not only scoop a cash prize - Dh3,000 for bronze, Dh6,000 for silver and Dh12,000 for gold - but the best will also get the chance to be part of the national team to compete in the WorldSkills competition.

The event, held in Leipzig, Germany, will see 68 countries battle in 19 categories with prize money of more than Dh300,000 for gold, Dh200,000 for silver and Dh100,000 for bronze.

The national contest is being held under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.

It will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre between April 23 and 25.

Abu Dhabi is bidding to host the 2017 WorldSkills competition.

To register for the event, visit www.emiratesskills.ae.

jbell@thenational.ae