Four Icelandic contestants will participate in this year’s World Skills International, the world cup for industrial- and vocational subjects. The competition is held every other year.
This year’s competition is held in Leipzig, Germany and contestants are expected to be approximately 1,000 from 52 countries. Last year’s competition was held in London in the U.K.
Last year’s host city was London. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The four contestants competing on Iceland’s behalf are:
Laufey Dröfn Matthíasdóttir: graphic design
Lena Magnúsdóttir: hairdressing
Þorri Pétur Þorláksson: plumbing and heating
Börkur Guðmundsson: electrical installation.
Each contestant earned his or her place in local competitions. To find out more about the contestants, go to World Skills International’s website in the left corner under Who-is-Who.
Each contestant travels with a referee who also serves their coach. In addition, four more referees travel with the group to acquire an experience that may prove useful in the next regional competitions in Iceland for 2014. They will also learn to understand how to best prepare contestants for a competition.
The eight referees from Iceland will be judges in the following categories:
welding, IT software solutions for business, health and social care and electronics.
Additional members of the crew are a team leader, a tech representative, and the chairman of vocational subjects in Iceland. Contestants travel to Leipzig in Germany on June 29, and attend the opening ceremony on July 2. The competition starts on July 3 and ends on July 7.
Further information about the competition can be found on the official website of World Skills International.