Germany is world champion in plumbing!

South Africa takes part in the WorldSkills Competition for the first time

Aug 26th, 2015
Konzentriert beim Rohrverlegen: Nathanael Liebergeld (21) während des Wettbewerbs in São Paulo

The recently held WorldSkills Competition, the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, saw a German winner in plumbing: Nathanael Liebergeld, aged 21. He is an apprentice in an occupational qualification programme (dual system), learning in both a plumbing & heating company in his home town as well as in a TVET college and training Center.

Adding  to the success in plumbing Simon Rehm (22), another German trainee, won the contest in carpentry.

South Africa participated for the first time with more than 20 young contestants competing in 19 different categories. The results are promising: Glendon Garthwaite came 4th out of 8 contestants in the category Plumbing and Heating, and in Electrical Installation, Jeandré van der Watt finished 8th out of 19 participants. Ms. Roeléne Groenewald was the best performer of all South African participants in her category Beauty Therapy.

1200 participants from 59 countries in 50 different professions participated in the WorldSkills 2015 event  which was held in Sao Paulo/Brazil from 12-15 August, 2015.

The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years. The competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions in WorldSkills member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.

One of the main legacies of the WorldSkills Competitions is to give visibility and importance to professional education, as one of the true tools of socioeconomic transformation.

The next WorldSkills Competition will take place in Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates, in October 2017.

There might be the possibility for the DSPP plumbers to meet Nathanael here in South Africa in 2016.


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