Competition to select skilled workers

Local skilled workers are competing in a contest started on Friday to prepare for the China International Import Expo in November and the 46th WorldSkills Competition in 2021.
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Hundreds of local workers and engineers take part in the opening ceremony of a skills competition in Xuhui District on Friday, which is also part of the 2018 China Skills Competition being targeted at training and picking up skilled workers.

Local skilled workers are competing in a contest that started on Friday to prepare for the 46th WorldSkills Competition in 2021.

The skills competition organized by the Shanghai Construction Group, the city's major constructor, involves eight skills ranging from cutting-edge technologies such as Building Information Modeling and prefabricated concrete parts, to traditional skills like masonry and carpentry.

Hundreds of local workers and engineers take part in the competition, which is also part of the 2018 China Skills Competition aimed at training and picking up skilled workers.

"The Shanghai Construction Group requires a large number of skilled workers to take up the major construction projects around world," said Xu Zheng, the Party secretary and president of the group. The group takes charge of the main renovation project, gardening and constructions of exhibition halls at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, where the import export will be held to draw visitors from over 120 countries and regions.

Competitions on three skills -- masonry, measuring and steel bar building -- were held at the construction site of the Xujiahui Sports Park on Friday.

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Workers compete on the precision and speed of measuring at a skills competition started on Friday in Xuhui District.

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A worker performs masonry skills at a skills competition started on Friday in Xuhui District.

Six "star workers" granted by the city government also participated to showcase their exquisite skills. They include Wang Bin, a professional on precise measuring, and Li Jie, who once operated a crane on top of the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, the world's second-tallest building after the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai.

Apart from the traditional skills, the group has begun focusing on the training of new construction fields such as green construction, prefabrication and BIM technology, according to the group. 

"The city still requires more such highly skilled workers to facilitate the city government's ambition to promote its four brands: manufacturing, services, shopping and culture," said Xu.

A group of excellent site managers will also be selected through the competition to compete with their global counterparts at the 46th WorldSkills Competition in 2021.

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Workers compete with each other on the speed and quality of steel bar building at a skills competition started on Friday in Xuhui District.

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