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From October 15 to 19, the 44th international championship of vocational skills - Worldskills Competition - drew 1,300 participants from 51 trades and 77 countries and regions to this year’s venue in Abu Dhabi.

Since the Worldskills Competition in Sao Paulo (2015), baking is a separate competitive event: 17 trainees, students and young professionals together with their instructors and teachers arrived in Abu Dhabi to compete.

Swiss baker Ramona Bolliger together with Yezhao Cai from China and Damien Besson from France won gold.

Bollinger started preparation for the championship under the guidance of her coach Urs Röthlin. Extensive practice was required to ensure that the candidates are well trained in the different disciplines, know their routines and are able to produce all the required bakery products – including bread, rolls, focaccia, sweets, snacks, such as quiche, and the showpiece.

The competitors came from the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and the USA, Russia, China and Korea, as well as Italy, Finland, Austria and Switzerland. The judges’ panel consisted of the instructors and teachers of the participants. In teams, according to contest’s criteria, they assessed the performance of the individual candidates, both by monitoring the preparation phase, as well as closely evaluating the finished product which included a tasting.  

The world’s best skills competitors have been honored with medals at the Closing Ceremony of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. They travelled from across the world to compete at the 44th edition of the world championship of vocational skills.

China led the medal table with 15 gold medals, 7 silvers and 8 bronzes. Korea came second on medal points with 8 golds, 8 silvers, and 8 bronzes. Switzerland was third on points, winning 11 golds, 6 silvers, and 3 bronze. The hosts, the United Arab Emirates, won three Medallions for Excellence.

1,300 young people from 59 WorldSkills Member countries and regions showcased their talent across 51 skills competitions, between October 15-18. This was the first time that the WorldSkills Competition was held in the Middle East and North Africa region.

As a skill sponsor, MIWE provided the oven and refrigeration technology required to meet the challenges and attended the competition.

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