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ACTVET Director-General appointed President of WorldSkills Asia

ABU DHABI, 26th August, 2018 (WAM) — WorldSkills Asia General Assembly has chosen Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, ACTVET, as the President of the association. Following his appointment, Al Shamsi thanked the wise leadership, hailing their keenness to empower ACTVET, which has led to raising the idea of creating this important association to develop a bright economic and industrial future on the Asian level. He highlighted that the first meeting of the WorldSkills Asia General Assembly took place in August, in which they discussed a range of new steps aimed at reinforcing the role of the association in the development of innovative skills and capacities of the Asian country’s youth in specialisations closely related to the fourth industrial revolution towards achieving the desired development in all Asian countries.

26 August 2018
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Worldskills Asia Secretariat in Synergy

With eight months to go before the competition date which is on 17 November 2020, Worldskills Asia Organization is now on its preparation stages for this prestigious event. The Secretariat serving as the backbone of the organization, have laid down their marketing activities to implement while the technical team is finalizing the arrangement for the competition’s venue and other logistics. Communication with the Member and participating countries are continuous announcing the updates and development with regards to the competition, competitors and delegates. For this year’s competition, around 35 countries are expected to participate with 800 delegates, which has increased compared to 2018 competition with 540 participants. To date, 38 skills to compete under official, junior plus the future skills categories are listed.

22 March 2020
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WorldSkills Asia Welcomes New Members

Five additional Asian Countries were added in the list of WorldSkills Asia membership during the last quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2020 namely : Republic of Maldives Yemen Democratic Republic of Timor Leste Republic of Uzbekistan Republic of Azerbaijan With these additional members, WorldSkills Asia is now comprised of 23 Asian member countries covering 48% of the total Asia Region. The Leaders of WorldSkills Asia Organization are targeting this year to invite more Asian countries to be able to double its membership before the end of this year. Formally organized in October 2017, WorldSkills Asia Organization started with only few Asian country representatives, and membership has grown and tripled its number over the last two years. Mr. Mubarak Al Shamsi, President of WorldSkills Asia Organization, heads the present Board of Directors. Other Board Members include Dr. Ghalip Bin Spahat from Malaysia, Mr San-Quei Lin from Chinese Taipei, and Dr. Byung Ha Kang from South Korea.

18 March 2020
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T Levels: The Arrival of Vocational Education

“T” (for technical) Levels are new courses – equivalent to 3A Levels, which will be offered progressively in Sixth Forms and Colleges in England starting from September 2020. The UK Government intends that T Levels will become one of the main choice for Students after GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), alongside apprenticeships, for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’ and ‘A’ levels for students who wish to continue an academic education. 
The T Level courses, each lasting two years have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.
This new qualification complements the current BTEC qualification – offered by a number of UAE schools, which includes Business and Technology subject options but does not incorporate industry placement on a compulsory basis. 
UK curriculum schools in the UAE fully anticipate that this additional pathway for students will become available and have welcomes its introduction.
Commenting on the introduction of “T” Levels, Mr. Simon O’Connor, Principal of KHDA Outstanding-rated GEMS Jumeirah College stated: 
“The new T Level qualification certainly answers the question regarding a powerhouse qualification for less academic routes for our students which has been asked for so long.”

03 February 2020


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