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Press release of the media briefing of the 46th WorldSkills Competition

September 24, 2020

The 46th WorldSkills Competition Organizing Committee held a press conference today (September 22) during which Tang Tao, Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security and Deputy Director of the 46th WorldSkills Competition Organizing Committee, introduced the progress of the preparations for the 46th WorldSkills Competition. Peng Chenlei, Vice Mayor of Shanghai and Deputy Director of the Organizing Committee, introduced Shanghai’s efforts to cultivate skilled professionals and prepare for the WorldSkills Competition. Zhang Lixin, Director of the Department of Professional Ability Building of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee, Hao Bin, Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Zhao Zhuping, Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai Municipal Government and Director of the Affairs Executive Bureau of the Competition, and Zhao Yongfeng, Director of the Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau and Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee attended the press conference and jointly answered questions from reporters.

I.

Hosting the 46th WorldSkills Competition is an important decision made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, in conjunction with Shanghai, resolutely implemented the requirement of “organizing an innovative and influential WorldSkills Competition” proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, overcoming the adverse impact of the new coronavirus epidemic to promote the preparation work of the competition.

First, we improved the organization and leadership structure. In order to promote the preparations for the 46th WorldSkills Competition, the State Council established the 46th WorldSkills Competition Leading Group headed by Vice Premier Hu Chunhua; the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and Shanghai jointly established the 46th WorldSkills Competition Organizing Committee; the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security set up a special team for the 46th WorldSkills Competition, and Shanghai established the WorldSkills Competition Affairs Executive Bureau to be responsible for the implementation of specific matters. An organizational system with clear divisions of responsibilities and efficient coordination and operation has basically been formed.

Second, we had careful planning of key activities. The purpose of hosting the WorldSkills Competition is to create a good environment to inspire pride in work and value skills in the whole society. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and Shanghai, together with relevant departments, innovatively carried out key activities such as “WorldSkills Flag on Mount Everest” and “WorldSkills Competition Promotion Relay”. On May 27, China’s 2020 Mount Everest Survey Team successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Everest with the WorldSkills flag, implying that skills are on the top of the world. It reflects the spirit of hard work to climb the peak and the spirit of craftsmanship, leaving a wonderful “Chinese mark” in the history of the WorldSkills Competition. The WorldSkills Competition Promotion Relay will be carried out nationwide from December this year to September next year. The first event will be held at the First Vocational Skills Competition of the People’s Republic of China in December this year.

Third, we closely studied and judged the impact of the epidemic. After the emergence of the new coronavirus epidemic, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and Shanghai adjusted work models in a timely manner, focusing on the prevention and control of the epidemic on one hand, and the preparation of the WorldSkills Competition on the other hand, maintaining close contact with the WorldSkills Organization through information technology tools. Although the epidemic has brought certain uncertainty to whether the competition can be held as scheduled, after careful research, the preparations are still carried out without any changes in the timing and goal. Matters that are not significantly affected by the epidemic, such as the compilation of the infrastructure list of competition projects and the construction of the WorldSkills Museum, will be promoted normally under the normalization of epidemic prevention and control. For the WorldSkills competition promotion relay and WorldSkills technical preparation week, which involve gathering and close interaction among people, plans will be evaluated and adjusted in a timely manner according to the epidemic prevention and control requirements. Meanwhile, efforts will be made to accelerate the formulation of work plans and emergency plans for public health, and major epidemic prevention and control for the competition, in a bid to minimize the impact of the epidemic risk on the preparation of the WorldSkills Competition.

Fourth, we coordinated the advancement of preparatory work. To successfully host the WorldSkills Competition, it is necessary not only to make preparations for venue facilities, event organization, and city services, but also to do a lot of work in competition arrangements, technical support, and publicity and promotion. In particular, in the context of the global impact of the epidemic, we insist on increasing revenue and reducing expenditure, and organizing the competition frugally and efficiently. On one hand, we proactively attracted domestic and foreign enterprises to sponsor the competition and expanded the scope of commercial sponsorship. On the other hand, we insisted on reducing costs, and avoiding unnecessary expenditures during the opening and closing ceremonies.

At the same time, in conjunction with the preparation of the 46th WorldSkills Competition, we will strive to promote the development of skilled talent to a new level.

First, we stepped up efforts to promote vocational skills training and technical education. WE coordinated the prevention and control of the epidemic and continued implementation of vocational skills improvement actions, by initiating the implementation of the “Internet+ vocational skills improvement training plan”, and organizing the implementation of the “100-day free online skills training action”. We selected 54 online training platforms to provide free services for laborers and enterprises. From March to June this year, more than 13 million people registered with the platforms with their real names and more than 12 million people participated in online training. We fully supported small, medium, and micro-sized enterprises, as well as companies in foreign trade, accommodation, and catering to carry out work-based training. We implemented the skills training campaign for millions of young people, and vocational skills training program to stabilize employment of migrant workers. Through the “online + offline” combinations in training, and the joint efforts of all parties, from January to August this year, the nation’s subsidized training covered more than 17 million people. We vigorously developed technical education, strengthened labor education, and increased assistance to technical colleges in Xinjiang, Tibet, and the “three regions and three prefectures”. In 2019, the national technical colleges enrolled 1.43 million students, and the capability of technical colleges continued to increase.

Second, we proactively reformed and continuously improved the quality of the work to develop skilled professionals. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has successively signed cooperation agreements with Hebei, Jilin, Shanxi, Xinjiang, Tibet, and other provinces, as well as the Ministry of Communications, to gradually build a new pattern of skilled talent development with regard to collaboration between ministries and provinces and industry players. We persisted in using the competitions to promote training and development, and constantly improved a skills competitions system that leverages the WorldSkills Competition and the China vocational skills competition, while also being driven by the national industry vocational skills competitions and local competitions at all levels, together with corporate-level skills competitions. We also innovatively organized special events such as the National Poverty Alleviation Vocational Skills Competition, and gave play to the role of the competitions to drive the development of skilled workers.

Third, we optimized the system and mechanism, reviewed the reform in the evaluation of skilled workers. We improved the information release system for new occupations and the dynamic adjustment system for occupation classification. We released information about a total of 38 new occupations, and continued to collect information about new occupations. We consolidated the basis for the evaluation of skilled workers, and jointly promulgated 23 sets of national vocational skills standards with relevant departments. We promoted the eligible evaluation standards for industries and enterprises to become national vocational skills standards, and further improved the national vocational skills standard system. We improved the evaluation system of skilled workers, which includes vocational qualification evaluation, vocational skill level recognition and special vocational ability assessment. In the past year, a total of 1,872 enterprises and 406 social training evaluation organizations have completed the vocational skill level certification and filing, and more than 320,000 skilled workers have passed the evaluation and obtained vocational skills certificates.

Fourth, we increased incentives and continuously improved the status and renumeration for skilled workers. We implemented the reform plan for industrial worker teams in the new era, improved the renumeration for skilled workers, and focused on improving the political, economic, and social treatment of skilled workers. We held the 15th High-skilled Talent Selection and Recognition Campaign to increase the scale of high-skilled talent who enjoy special government allowances from the State Council. Local human resources and social security departments, together with group organizations such as labor unions, youth leagues, and women’s federations, awarded the winners of the competitions with honors such as May 1st Labor Medals and Young Experts. We organized the campaigns such as “Looking for the Most Beautiful Craftsmen”, and gave high-level courtesy to highly skilled talent.

In the next step, we will make every effort to promote the preparation of the 46th WorldSkills Competition, strengthen exchanges with other countries in the field of skills, further expand the social influence of skills activities, and guide and encourage the majority of workers to love skills, learn skills, and devote themselves to skills, thus laying a solid foundation to have skilled people to foster high-quality economic development.

II.

As the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and the Shanghai Municipal Government resolutely implemented the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping, training of skilled personnel and the preparation of WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 have achieved phased results.

First, pull in the city’s full strength to promote the training of skilled talents in Shanghai and the preparation of the WorldSkills Competition.

The CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and the Shanghai Municipal Government have always closely integrated the work of skilled talents with the overall development of the city, and adopted a series of measures to fully promote the preparatory work of the WorldSkills Competition through embracing high-quality development and creating high-quality life. The city has transferred over 100 personnel from more than 10 departments (units) to establish an executive bureau overseeing competition-related affairs. These efforts should serve to improve working mechanism, make sure the event is organized in a clean and frugal manner, and promote the steady advancement of the Competition.

Second, fully implement the requirements of hosting an "innovative and influential" competition and promote the high-quality preparation of WorldSkills Competition in Shanghai.

As the host city of the 46th WorldSkills Competition, Shanghai has prioritized the following two aspects for the preparatory work:

First, anchor on “creativity” for the preparatory work in an all-round manner. Interpret the new concepts of the WorldSkills Competition. The organizing committee has set the competition slogan as “Master skills, Change the world”, and “New Youth, New Skill, New Dream——Realize the Sustainable Development of Skills” as its theme. Focusing on issues such as “Skill development in poverty relief and alleviation”, the Competition strives to convey China’s voice, share China’s wisdom and contribute China’s plan to the world. Set up new skill items for the competition. While keeping the traditional events in six major fields, such as manufacturing and engineering technology, information and communication technology, the organizing committee actively adapts to the needs of new industries and new skills development and plans to add nine new categories, such as industrial 4.0 and robotic system integration. At present, all events have been opened to members of the WorldSkills for pre-registration, and the Competition in Shanghai is expected to become the contest boasting the largest number of events. Create a new form of competition. Shanghai has created a new form of competition featuring "greenness, wisdom, science, humanities" in a creative fashion, mapped out plans using new technologies like artificial intelligence and 5G, and comprehensively kicked off a systematic research on health, safety and environmental systems. Four national-level strategic sponsors, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of Communications, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and SAIC Group, have been identified. The number of sponsors is expected to exceed 200, sponsoring nearly 450,000 items across some 15,000 categories, a level set to exceed previous competitions.

Second, exert ‘extensive influence’ to expand the impacts of the competition. Extensively mobilize of all walks of life to participate in the Competition. The city has put forward an overall layout of more than 300,000 square meters for the contest, an area exceeding that of previous competitions. The opening and closing ceremonies, welcome reception and farewell party will be held at the Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center and the Shanghai Expo Center respectively. Under the principle of "one school, one team", more than 70 projects have been collected, and 64 primary schools and secondary vocational schools in Shanghai have been selected as hosts receiving participating teams in a one-on-one manner. The competition is expected to draw 600,000 audience. Extensively promote and publicize WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. The city has joined hands with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security in organizing a series of warm-up events, such as flying the Competition’s flag on the Mount Everest, World Youth Skills Day celebration campaign on July 15, promotional activities across Shanghai’s landmark buildings, and publicity events targeting the youth. The city will implement the work of "WorldSkills Competition Shanghai Joining Hands with Africa" to actively study the plan of building a vocational capacity-building center in the city to assist Africa. Extensively leverage the spillover effect of the WorldSkills Competition. The construction of a World Skills Museum is a solemn commitment made when Shanghai bid for the hosting right of the Competition, and will leave behind an important achievement and precious heritage. At present, the museum is planned to be located in Yongan warehouse in Yangpu District and renovation work of the venue has already taken place. In accordance with the requirements of "gathering authentic products, selecting excellent products and collecting exquisite products", the city has collected more than 4,000 pieces of information regarding prospective exhibits. Upon its completion, the museum is expected to be the world’s first ‘hands-on’ museum showcasing manual skills and craftsmanship.

Third, vigorously strengthen the construction of Shanghai's skilled personnel pool and encourage young people to take to the road of craftsmanship and serve the country.

First, adhere to placing the training of skilled personnel in a more important strategic position and strengthen the top-level design of relevant policies and systems. The city has vigorously implemented the action plan on skill-upgrading, and has successively formulated or revised rules like "Shanghai Vocational Skills Promotion Action Implementation Plan", "Shanghai Vocational Education Regulations" and "Several Opinions on the Implementation of Talent-led Development Strategy in Shanghai in the New Era". These documents have laid a basic foundation for fostering skilled talents in the city.

Second, improve the training, use, evaluation and incentive systems of skilled personnel, and optimize the system and mechanism for the development of skilled personnel. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has taken the lead in introducing subsidies to online vocational training, and has timely adopted the “work-for-training” mechanism. Since 2018, subsidized vocational trainings have been conducted for more than 1 million times per year, and the growth rate of such trainings by number stands at the forefront nationwide. The city has also formulated and implemented measures for the career development of high-skilled talents and engineering and technical talents. Recognition of honorary titles such as like "Shanghai craftsmen" have also been carried out.

Third, vigorously carry forward the spirit of craftsmanship and encourage young people to take the road of skills and serve the country. The city has held the first "Four Brands" Shanghai Vocational Skills Competition. It has also held regional vocational skills competitions, with a focus on key areas such as the Lingang New Area of Shanghai Free Trade Zone, as well as the demonstration zone for integrated ecological and green development in the Yangtze River Delta region. The city is actively preparing for the first National Skills Competition and the national selection contest of the WorldSkills Competition. Shanghai organizes more than 500 skills competitions of various types every year, drawing over 100,000 participants.

Currently the total number of high-skilled talents in Shanghai reaches 1.15 million, accounting for more than 34% of all skilled workers. Such a composition has met the basic requirements of Shanghai’s industrial development in terms of need, scale and quality for talents.

For the next steps, the city shall further improve the pandemic prevention and control, actively prepare for the WorldSkills Shanghai 2021, hold the opening and closing ceremonies in an innovative yet frugal way, comprehensively plan the WorldSkills Competition and Exposition, and accelerate the construction of the World Skills Museum.