The Organising Board of the 10 th ASEAN Skills Competition gathered in Hanoi on September 30 to look at final preparations of the event.

The 6-day event running from October 23- 28 is expected to draw 300 competitors aged under 22. It demonstrates commitments of Vietnam and ASEAN to developing qualified human resources as the ASEAN Economic Community draws closer.

The board reported that between October 15 and 22, equipment and machinery servicing competitions will be installed and have a test run.

Competitions will take place from October 24-26 and the closing ceremony will be held on November 25.
A sideline programme themed “A nation a school” will be held on October 22 with the participation of 10 junior high schools in the capital. It will have job orientation sessions to be joined by competition delegates.

City tours and visits to the traditional Bat Trang ceramic village, Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, and Hanoi’s Old Quarter were arranged for the delegates.

Vietnam organised its national skill competition in May, three months earlier than the time when the previous ones took place, selecting 51 from the best 77 performers for the ASEAN competition.

The country first hosted the ASEAN competition in 2004, topping the medal tally with 13 of the 18 gold medals. At the 9th event in Indonesia in 2012, it came second, with 44 workers competing in 22 skills.-VNA