Held once every two years, WorldSkills Singapore (WSS) is a national skills competition to discover and recognise the most skilful youths in Singapore.
The competition aims to raise the standards of excellence in technical skills through competitions and generate greater public awareness and interest in technical education.
Competitors come from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), the polytechnics, universities, private educational institutions and the industry.
Competitors take part in various skills areas which cover the following five sectors: Creative Arts and Fashion, Infocomm Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Social and Personal Services, and Transport and Logistics. In recent years, new skills areas, such as Cloud Computing, Water Technology and Chemical Lab Technology, have been included to introduce youths to the importance of emerging sectors.
Top medallists stand the chance to represent Singapore at the prestigious international WorldSkills Competition (WSC) dubbed as the “ Youth Olympics of Skills”, or the regional WorldSkills ASEAN competition.
Singapore has been doing well in the WSC. For example, in the 45th WSC in Kazan, Russia in August 2019, Team Singapore delivered 22 medals – two golds, one silver, two bronzes and 17 Medallions for Excellence.