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Hong Kong contestants shine in Guangzhou/ Hong Kong/Macao /Chengdu Youth Skills Competition 2016

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council (VTC), Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Macao SAR Labour Affairs Bureau and Chengdu Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, the GHMC Youth Skills Competition is organised biennially in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao and Chengdu on a rotation basis.

This year’s ninth edition featured contests in five trades, namely Beauty Therapy, Information Network Cabling, Mobile Robotics, Web Design, and Visual Merchandising/Window Dressing. The two-day Guangzhou/ Hong Kong/Macao/Chengdu (GHMC) Youth Skills Competition 2016 held in Guangzhou concluded successfully on 20 October 2016. 16 competitors from Hong Kong competed against contestants from Guangzhou, Macao and Chengdu. Eventually the Hong Kong team came away with one gold and two silver prizes in the Beauty Therapy trade, one silver in the Visual Merchandising/Window Dressing trade and a merit in that of Web Design trade.

The Beauty Therapy trade contest included 4 testing projects, namely Facial treatment with electrical machine operation, Manicure, Evening make up and Fantasy make up, which evaluated techniques in the areas of facial care, nail care, and advanced make up skills.

LAU Wai-yin, graduate of the VTC’s Diploma of Vocational Education in Beauty Care, won the gold prize in the Beauty Therapy trade contest. Prior to the competition, Wai-yin practised for nine hours every day, six days a week, which greatly enhanced her professional skills. Her steady performance on the day also earned her the award for the best Hong Kong competitor. Thrilled by the good result, Wai-yin plans to extend her studies to develop her career in the industry. Graduates of the same programme, MAK Wing-yan and Kathleen LING, were both awarded silver prizes. They found the painting part the most challenging as competitors were required to work out make-up for the model according to the sample provided by the organiser, a test to their professional skills as well as their concentration. Qualified winners will receive further training to prepare for the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

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4th January 2017