Budapest welcomes Euroskills 2018
People & Culture
These days, skills shortage is making the headlines in Europe. Whether nurses, electricians or IT operators, skilled professionals are in high demand across the continent.
Competitions such as Euroskills help draw public attention to vocational education. But most importantly, they offer students the opportunity to compare skills and gain new friends.
This week, the Hungarian capital Budapest welcomes 600 students from 28 countries for Euroskills 2018, the “European Championship” of skills. They will be competing in 37 different categories, in diverse areas such as Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering, Construction and Building, Transportation and Logistics, Social and Personal Services and Creative Arts and Fashion.
Cisco Hungary is supporting this year’s Euroskills as a “skill sponsor”. We provide networking technology for the event’s digital infrastructure, and help connect national teams, organizers and visitors. In addition, we also provide the equipment for the contestants in the IT Network Systems Administration competition. This category is especially dear to us, as several students and graduates of Cisco Networking Academy will be competing from all across Europe. We are very excited to see their results, as at WorldSkills 2017, three Cisco Networking Academy graduates took center stage: Leonid Shmakov from Russia, who won the gold in the IT Network Systems Administration category, as well as Patrick Taibel (Austria) and Akos Varga (Hungary), who both won bronze medals.
At Cisco Hungary, we are also eager to find new ways to support vocational education. Last week, we started a pilot with local technology schools to help drive digitization in education. As part of this project, vocational education institutions will use Cisco Webex Boards to collaborate and share lessons. Not only does this address the lack of IT teachers, but students can also develop applications for the Webex Board platform.
As the world becomes increasingly digitized, new jobs are emerging that we can’t even imagine yet. Some of these combine ICT with business in every imaginable field: bioengineering, power grid informatics, digital media, social and mobile application development, telemedicine, remote learning systems, and smart applications for buildings, transport, energy or production.
As Euroskills brings together young professionals, I hope they will use this opportunity to connect and explore how their skillsets and professions complement each other, opening new opportunities for the future.
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