From 21 to 23 July, the Zhongbei Huayu Cup, China national construction industry skills contest, attracted 120 construction workers from all over the country. This was also a national tryout for the 43rd WorldSkills Competition to be held in San Paulo in 2015, and ten tiling and bricklaying winners from the contest will train for a year before going off to Brazil to compete.
In this first-class national contest, the top five competitors in each category win the coveted title of National Technical Expert and the top 20 also win the title of National Housing and Building Expert. The top 15 earn the chance to obtain a qualification certificate at a higher level.
Jointly held by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the China Construction Industry Association, the China Employment Training Technical Guidance Centre and the Chinese Seafarers and Construction Workers' Union, the contest has attracted a growing number of competitors over the past ten years. Most are young employees aged under 40, and 43% of them are migrant workers from the front line of construction sites.
The Chinese construction industry is gradually establishing a diversities construction employment system, improving its labour training and skills appraisal mechanisms to protect both workers' legal interests and the value of vocational qualifications.
The WorldSkills Competition is an important global event held by WorldSkills International every two years and also known as the Skill Olympics.