Fingers flew over keyboards as new software code was created line by line in an atmosphere of total concentration. The best up-and-coming information technology (IT) talent from all over the world recently convened at the Albert Einstein Upper Secondary School in Neubrandenburg to show what the future has in store. This is an important initiative given the key role which digital competences will play in all sectors. Samsung was sponsoring the international IT event for the second year in a row in its capacity as an official partner of WorldSkills Germany.
"The WorldSkills competitions are not just of benefit to vocational education and training," stressed Steffen Ganders, Director of Corporate Affairs at Samsung Electronics. "They also foster intercultural knowledge sharing and the creation of networks across borders. Alongside digital skills, these are two of the essential competences which will give young people an advantage in both their professional and private lives. In making this commitment, we are also at the same time seeking to help drive forward the development of a smart society, in which people are empowered to make comprehensive use of the opportunities offered by intelligent technologies."
The Albert Einstein Cup in Neubrandenburg is sending out a strong signal. Young and dedicated people come together to measure their skills against one another whilst also taking the chance to expand their digital expertise still further. This is essential for the German economy and of particular important to the SME sector, which will be required to undertake a significantly more comprehensive realignment of its business models and processes in order to meet the demands of a digital future. There will be a need for young talents who possess a broad understanding and a well-founded ability to deal with new technologies.
This is another reason why the eleven participants in the Albert Einstein Cup, who come from seven different nations, are role models for the next generation. Kristina Zheltova emerged victorious in this year's competition. Second and third place went to Bryan Tabinas from Switzerland and Evgenii Gerasimov from Russia respectively. The event also represents a milestone on the road to the "WorldSkills 2019", which will be held in Kazan in Russia.
From 22 to 27 August, participants from over 60 countries will compete across 56 disciplines in this "Olympic Games of vocational education and training" in order to demonstrate who has the best skills. Benjamin Frost from Germany has secured a place in Russia in the category of "IT software solutions for business" having produced the most successful overall performance at the German Championships and in the Albert Einstein Cup.
WorldSkills was originally established in 1950 as an international competition for non-academic occupations. It has now become one of the cornerstones of vocational education and training and talent management. The same applies to WorldSkills Germany. WorldSkills acts as an ambassador for dual training and encourages young people irrespective of their social or cultural background.