Premier Su Tseng-chang attended a ceremony Wednesday to honor Taiwan's delegation to the WorldSkills Competition held last month in Russia, saying 10 minutes on stage requires 10 years of hard work offstage. The government, fully aware of the difficulty in technical and vocational education and training, will continue to extend full support as competitors shine bright and bring pride to Taiwan.
In contrast to the past, the current administration has taken the initiative to devote significant and timely resources into training programs to help competitors hone their abilities and skills. That Taiwan captured so many medals at the latest WorldSkills Competition—dubbed the "Olympics of vocational skills"—proves the investments are paying off, the premier pointed out.
To encourage the development of technical and vocational skills, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) not only provides competitors with a full suite of training resources, but has also increased prize money for medals, and strengthened efforts to match competitors to work opportunities. Additionally, a four-year, NT$8 billion (US$265.3 million) project to upgrade the training environment at technical and vocational schools is being implemented under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program. The Ministry of Education also launched a NT$30 billion (US$994.8 million) initiative in 2018 to improve instructional equipment and hands-on learning facilities at colleges and trade schools over a five-year period, Premier Su said.
The MOL said the biennial WorldSkills Competition, first organized in Spain, was hosted for the 45th time this past August in Kazan, Russia. This year, Taiwan snagged five golds, five silvers, five bronzes and 23 medallions for excellence in the main competition, as well as four silvers and one bronze in a juniors competition. For its stellar performance, Taiwan placed fourth among 63 participating countries and territories.