A new future for job skills emerges from behind the plaster

A worker works at the practical training center of a vocational school in China. [Photo/CHINA DAILY]

Ma Hongda, an architectural decoration student from Zhejiang Construction Technician College, won gold in the “plaster and drywall” category of the 2022 special edition of the WorldSkills competition. It was China’s first-ever gold medal in this skill category, Zhejiang Daily reported.

Many people think that plastering and installing drywall systems does not require strong technical knowledge, but an international competition does not allow an error in operation of more than 1 millimeter. Before Ma, Shao Rupeng, a teacher from Shanghai City Science and Technology School, won gold in the “fine woodworking” project.

Whether Ma or Shao, their success is inseparable from their perseverance, practice and hard work. Every trade has its master, as a Chinese proverb says. If everyone tries to improve their professional skills through hard work, qualified people can become exceptional.

A recent document on the majors of vocational education presented by the Ministry of Education specifies the trades and technical fields corresponding to the majors, while highlighting their main requirements in terms of professional capacity.

The report of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China stressed that China will improve the lifelong vocational training system and promote the settlement of structural problems of employment. The central question of youth employment is not whether the carrying capacity of the market is strong or weak, but whether the education system can constitute a solid support for the development of the real economy. Employment can solve food and clothing problems, but occupation can help them lead a better life.

Individual college students should adopt an occupation-oriented approach, carefully hone their professional skills, and seize the opportunity of the global career competition to improve their basic competitiveness and scientific and technological innovation ability. Universities and government should guide and inspire more young people to continue improving their skills.

At the same time, career development channels should be further smoothed, professional skill level recognition should be comprehensively implemented, and a professional skill rating system for qualified talents should be established to help them better plan their career development.