YouthBuild South Africa Student to Compete at the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi

Friday, May 19, 2017

Last December, five students from the Saint-Gobain YouthBuild Academy in South Africa were selected to compete for three spots in the WorldSkills South Africa Competition. The WorldSkills Competition, established in 1950, is a global movement promoting skills excellence in vocational, educational, technological and service oriented careers around the globe. The movement promotes skilled careers in more than 45 trade skills and across an area of over 75 member countries and regions. In each of these locations, youth, educators, governments, and industries collaborate to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future. WorldSkills International, the organizers of the event, brings youth, industries, and educators together to give young people the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice.

 In February 2017, the top three students (Gift Selepe, Oscar Moshokoa, and Sibusiso) were selected out of the five represented by the YouthBuild Saint-Gobain Academy at the World Skills South Africa competition. They competed in the Plastering and Drywall System competition category, and all the materials they used were sponsored by Saint-Gobain. The three students performed excellently at the competition and Oscar Moshokoa (on the left in the photograph above) won Gold at the competition. He will be competing and representing South Africa in this category at the 44th World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi on October 14 – 19, 2017.

“We are excited as a program about the opportunity to showcasing excellence in vocational education and training in front of public and industry professionals” said Oupa Tshabalala, National Program Manager for YouthBuild South Africa.

Saint-Gobain partners with YBI to operate the Saint-Gobain YouthBuild Academy—the world’s first YouthBuild program implemented by a private company. Saint-Gobain Global is an official partner of WorldSkills International. Saint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa partners with WorldSkills South Africa as part of their initiatives to accelerate transformation in the manufacturing industry.