Vocational training highlighted to mark World Youth Skills Day

Some 10,000 participants and spectators went into interaction when they took part in nearly 100 activities around the city on Sunday to mark the World Youth Skills Day.
Gong Junqi / Ti Gong

Some 10,000 participants and spectators went into interaction when they took part in nearly 100 activities around the city on Sunday to mark the World Youth Skills Day.

The activities ranged from making traditional Chinese pills, sachets, aprons to assembling drones and 3D printing.

At the city's public vocational training center on 1800 Tianshan Rd, fifth-grader Sun Tianyue made her first apron under the guidance of a teacher at the center.

"It's interesting to make clothes by hand," she said. "Even my parents do not know how to make clothes. I will take the apron home and give it to my mother as a gift."

At Xuhui District, Pan Shenhan, a gold medalist for flower arrangement in the 44th WorldSkills Competition last year, showed the skill in a public performance.

The district government announced on Saturday to award him and his coaching team each 625,000 yuan (US$93,423) in bonus for winning the gold medal.

His school, the Shanghai Urban Construction Engineering School, also received an award of 437,500 yuan.

Last year, the city government has awarded Pan and his coaching team each 500,000 yuan.

Organizers of the Sunday event said the activities were designed to enable the young students to know the basic knowledge of different vocations and help them to make better decision on career planning.

In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly decided to designate July 15 as World Youth Skills Day to raise awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development.

Shanghai has been attaching a great importance to skills education and training in recent years.

The city is to host the 46th WorldSkills Competition in 2021.

Gong Junqi / Ti Gong
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