Cape Town’s International Convention Centre hosted the largest student and job seeker event this year between the 29 – 31 January. The inaugural World Skills South Africa (WSSA) competition brought together young people from around the country to compete to become the best of the best, in their respective trades.
WSSA is an international centre for skills development and excellence. It promotes the benefits and needs for skilled professionals through everyday community projects and knowledge exchange. It highlights the importance of skills education and training for youth in industries and society by pushing young professionals to bring out their best in their skill of choice.
Ranging from hairdressing to plastering and welding, there was a category to serve everyone’s interest at the competition. Not only did this national competition serve to pick a candidate to represent South Africa in the global competition later this year in Brazil, but it also opened the minds of the youth invited to attend to the careers on offer and the skills required.
The air-conditioning and refrigeration exhibit attracted many onlookers with the four candidates fighting it out over three days for a shot at the global competition. Each in their own workstation-booth, they took on the challenge presented at the previous global World Skills competition that took place in Germany. They had to spell the word ‘cool’ in copper piping and devise a system to freeze over the pipe and then, by means of heat recovery, use the heat generated from this process to heat a tub of water. All tools and equipment were sponsored by industry.
The four contestants were Johannes Kritzinger of Refrigeration Pros, Hancke van Tonder of Highveld Refrigeration, Roy Nagel of Cold Curve Refrigeration, Marko Combrinck of IMD Electrical Group. Judging this incredible completion was Kobus Harmse from College of Cape Town, Bob Vuletic from Multistage Cooling and Metraclark’s very own Peter Hoetmer.
The winner of the competition is still to be announced, and will take part in the World Skills competition taking place in São Paulo from 11 to 16 August 2015. We wish all the participants well.