The 48th National Skills Competition and the 32nd Abilympics took place in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, 15th – 25th October 2010. 150,000 was the cumulative number of people including Competitors who visited both events. It was about 1.5 times more than the organiser had expected.
Many coaches assigned to their competition team stated that they regarded the National Skills Competition as good opportunities for skills transfer and vocational education for young people in spite of the competition results. In addition to that, this event triggered the knowledge sharing between various enterprises as well.
-Business & Technology Daily News
1,028 Competitors in 39 skill areas across Japanese prefectures participated in the National Skills Competition, which also lead to the final heat of many categories to choose who will represent Japan in WorldSkills London 2011.
In the manufacturing and fabricating categories, Competitors from Kanagawa prefecture won four gold medals and those from the Aichi prefecture including Toyota and Denso employees showed a better performance than before.
We, Mono Zukuri Vocational Research Institute LLP in Japan, have picked some quotes from the winners at the Closing Ceremony.
‘I cannot imagine winning the gold medal because I was not sure if my efforts made it.’
‘My mother is the first person who I want to show my appreciation, who has supported me through tough times.’
‘I have done all I can do during training.’
‘I am very happy now but this is just a step forward. I will start preparation for winning at WorldSkills London 2011.’
‘I had the self confidence to do well because I believed in the advice my coaches gave me.’
Some Competitors can get the chance to be a member of the Japanese team going to London. These young people look forward to competing at ExCeL, London with their peers coming from all over the world.
Everyone who gave their best efforts at the National Skills Competition, even if they cannot go to the WorldSkills Competition, has gained irreplaceable experiences.
Please enjoy the photos we took as official media of the National Skills Competition: