WorldSkills Youth Forum

The WorldSkills Youth Forum will be conducted in conjunction with the General Assembly and Leaders Forum in Melbourne, Australia from May 6-11, 2006.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Kian Ann wants to discuss an issue

Kian Ann has nominated the following topic for discussion, please add your comments / feedback or start your own discussion.... looking forward to hearing all of the bright ideas from this brilliant group!

Just to kick start a topic for discussion:

I was thinking, how can we make the WorldSkills competition better? Competitors for WorldSkills are very unique individuals - each are already champions of their own country! Some have already went through rounds and rounds of internal/national competitions and assessment before a decision was made to send them to WorldSkills.

One point that I personally feel that can be improved could be more time for the competitors in the same trade to network after competitions! It would be wonderful if these people can get to know each other better - imagine having a network of experts round the world to ask for advice! Maybe what could be done is to create a opt-in mailing list for every trade every time the competition is held?

Of course, this youth forum is also a great start! What do you all think?


Blogger Ben Irwin said...

That is a good idea Kian Ann. If new competitors could communicate with past competitors of the same field, it could save them from making the same mistakes. They could discuss past experiences and work together to tackle new problems. We will definately have to look into this one further. Well done!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Viridis said...

I totally agree... although i would prefer if there was a somesort of yahoo groups or portal rather than a mailing list as we can not only ask questions but can also share stuff (tips and tricks) tutorials or anything that is relevant.

The can also be a main WSC group and all the trades can be subsidary groups so that in the event u have a question with for another trade we can throw it out to them. I guess something like those online Forums out there would be nice.

9:14 PM  
Blogger menno said...

This sounds like a great idea. If I right don't the experts have forums already ?

The only downside would be that only competitors with internet access would have benefits over those who don't, creating a larger gap. I don't know what I would think if I came to a competition, and all the competitors were able to communicate and learn from each other and previous competitors. What if I did not have enough money to buy internet access anywhere.

I am sure that this is no probably in western style countries, but I have no idea about middle eastern or asian countries.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Kian Ann said...

I think a Internet type forum would also be good. Its true that the countries with better Internet infrastructure would have an advantage. Maybe we can ask each of the 45 member countries if there would be issues. I personally feel that Internet access would not be too much of a issue, since these countries must have already corresponded through email in participating in the WSC. What I forsee of a challenge would be language!

Just for the fun of it: Internet penetration rates of the world

3:52 AM  
Blogger Bec said...

I agree, the online forum sounds like a good idea. And yes, from memory the experts do have forums so why not the competitors too?

I like Viridis's idea of the main WSC group then the subsidary groups for the categories. I guess it would give a better understanding of the competition itself and the other trades (i didn't know what Mechatronics or MTC was until i got there and met all my team mates)

I also think having past competitors involved, as Ben said, is vital! We had past competitors come and talk about their experiences at our training camps and it was a huge insight. Until that moment you think that it's just going to be the same as any other competition but when you talk to the past competitors you realise it's so much more. It all helps in preparing you for the competition.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Viridis said...

From Kian Ann's URL...i dont think having an internet connection should be a major problem. To get past the language issue maybe we could link some to web translations sites so that anyone that wanted to post can get their message translated from their native language to english online before posting?

Something like this would be a great help.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Japan Organizing Committee for WS2007 said...

Yuichi says that : I also agree with Kian. It's very encouraging to have friends and colleagues around the world : )
So exciting to come true!

4:04 PM  
Blogger heikka said...

I also agree with Kian!

11:37 PM  

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