The Norwegian and Finnish participants will join their Russian counterparts with the single goal of being the best skilled trades students in the Barents Region. They are followed by coaches and judges, who will do their best to support their participants and guarantee a just assessment. In total, the competition has involved more than 700 persons through different regional qualifications, but in the final round, it will be a gathering of nearly 150 persons, guests and trade branches. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat funds the competition.
According to leader of the Organization Committee in Murmansk, Jelena Rudnik, the competition shines a light on skilled trades, giving our students the opportunity to show their skills. ArcticSkills is also an important part of Barents regional and international cooperation. “We are very excited, and see this competition as an important part of our people-to-people cooperation in the Barents Region” says project manager Trond Hansen. “The Board of Directors for ArcticSkills 2017 and the organization committee in Murmansk are looking forward to two days with the skilled trades taking center stage. We want to recognize all of these students and the unique aspects of each of their trades.”
Competitors were chosen in local qualifying semi-final competitions:
The Vocational College Lappia and The Sami Education Institute have formed a team of competitors representing the whole of Lapland County in Arctic Skills.
Team Lappia will compete in the following trades: hairdressing, health care work, cooking, car mechanics, plumbing, electrical technics and carpentry. Students have prepared for and participated in the semi-finals of Skills Finland.
The team from Sami Education institute will compete in Sami handicrafts
In the Murmansk Region, the students have competed in qualification rounds for the regional WorldSkills competition, and winners of these competitions form the team. They come from most major cities in the region: Murmansk, Kola, Apatiti, Olenogorsk, Kandalaksja and Lowozero
Each winner from the school round in Finnmark met in Kirkenes in March to determine the Finnmark Champion. These champions formed Team Finnmark, which will represent Norway in Arctic Skills. A substantial group of supporters will follow the team from Kirkenes and Kautokeino.
In Murmansk we will also demonstrate 3 new trade skills for a possible entrance in next year’s competition in Tornio. These are reindeer herding, IT-services and painting. Students from schools in Murmansk and Lowozero, Inari, Kautokeino and Taimyr will present the demonstrations.