International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR)
Officially Set Sail
On June 24th, 2017, nearly 1000 people witnessed the signing ceremony of International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR) on the opening ceremony of Shanghai Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition, including representatives from four BRICS countries (China, Russia, India and South Africa), and eight other countries (Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Mongolia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Cameroon, Nigeria and Spain), as well as professionals and talents from all walks of life. More than 20 media units reported the competition, such as China Central Television, China News Agency and Russian Central Television, etc.
Mr. Xu Chao, General Secretary of China Section of BRICS Business Council and General Manager of China COSCO Shipping Group, presided over the signing ceremony. 27 organizations and enterprises became the first members of IASDBR, including organizations from Russia, India, South Africa, Singapore, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Hong Kong, Beijing ARC Xinxing Science and Technology Co., Ltd., CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd., Aviation Industry Corporation of China, CNPC International Welding Training Centre, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean&Civil Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai TAYOR Heavy Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. and Guangxi Technological College of Machinery Electricity. Subsequently more organizations and enterprises expressed their willing to catch the bus of IASDBR such as Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and Shenhua Group Corporation Ltd, etc.
IASDBR is an international exchange platform for technology exchange, talent flow, standard coordination, skills training and certification. The establishment of IASDBR was highly recognized by the Preparatory Committee of BRICS XIAMEN SUMMIT, as well as an important achievement approved by BRICS Business Council.
Economy in those countries is generally under developing. Low level of vocational skills education facilities fails to meet the strong demand for infrastructure construction. Based on the situation, the Skills Development Working Group(SDWG) of China Section of BRICS Business Council put forward the establishment of skills development international alliance for the first time in August, 2016. After that, other members from Skills Development Working Group of BRICS Business Council, together with related organizations from different countries, communicate with each other repeatedly on the goal, framework and implementation, etc. which has been positively responded by all countries.
According to the work plan approved by the BRICS Business Council, as the head of Skills Development Working Group(SDWG) of China Section of BRICS Business Council, Beijing ARC Xinxing Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (hereafter to be referred as Beijing ARC) is responsible for the alliance implementation. Beijing ARC always has a good foundation for international environmental construction. A series of international exchange activities initiated by Beijing ARC since 2008 were highly supported by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration (SASAC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China (MOHRSS) and BRICS Business Council; Beijing ARC has a long-term good cooperation basis with International Institute of Welding (IIW), Asian Welding Federation (AWF), European Welding Federation (EWF) and other international organizations & units; The Organizing Committee of Arc Cup International Welding Competition, set up by Beijing ARC in 2010, has 18 member countries including USA, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, South Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Singapore, Ukraine, Ghana, India, Cameroon, Russia, and Vietnam, etc.
Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition is an important part of the construction for the international alliance mechanism platform. During the International Welding Skills Competition, as the opening event of Skill Development & Technology Innovation Competition in June 2017, besides China delegation, Russian delegation won the Team Gold Prize, four 1st Prizes, one 2nd Prize and one 3rd Prize for Individual Awards, and four 3rd Prizes, Indian delegation won one 2nd Prize for Individual Awards, and South Africa delegation won one 1st Prize for Individual Awards. Other delegations including Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Slovakia won corresponding awards respectively as well.
The competition gets great support from Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration (SASAC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China (MOHRSS) and China Section of BRICS Business Council, International Institute of Welding (IIW), Chinese Welding Society (CWS), China Welding Association (CWA), and China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF). Mr. Gary Marquis, President of IIW, Mr. Doug Luciani, the incoming President of IIW, and Ms. Cécile Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of IIW, attended and delivered speeches in the opening & closing ceremonies respectively. Vice President and Board Directors of IIW including Mr. Ernest Level, Mr. Chris Smallbone, Mr. David Landon, and Mr. Jouko Lassila, Mr. Carl J. Peters, Chairman of Training Committee of IIW, and Mr. Ang Chee Pheng, Secretary General of AWF attended and presented the prizes to competitors during the opening & closing ceremonies, as well as Chairmen from different welding associations & organizations in USA, Finland, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, and South Africa, etc.
In the future, IASDBR will carry out various effective work on the basis of existing achievements and cooperation, such as organizing international seminars, skills competitions, network teaching, tours and visits and field study; set up six special working committees related to industry management, training, certification, standards coordination, competitions and talents exchange & flow; establish twenty industrial management task forces for different industries; build mechanism platforms, such as “International Forum of Skills Development” and “Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition”; set up 60-100 training centers involved in different areas in different countries in order to satisfy the demands of local skill training; realize remote online skills training through big data platform; develop professional skills standards together in order to realize standard harmonization and unification.
With the secretariat located in China, IASDBR is deeply expected to establish the international professionals exchange and cooperation platform for vocational skill development, engineering capability training and intelligent technology innovation, to fully take advantage of Chinese vocational skill education resources, to solve the problem of local employment for national enterprises, to cultivate international high-tech and highly skilled professionals, and to promote infrastructure construction and industrialization process for different countries through our persistent and unremitting efforts.