Belgium finished in sixth place at Euroskills, the European skills competition held in Lille (north of France) from October 2nd to the 4th. The Belgian team, made up of 26 young people, left with nine medals, three of each metal. Six medals of excellence were also awarded to others, said ASBL Skillsbelgium on Sunday. The Belgian team was made up of 18 young men and eight young women. A gold medal went to Laureen Delhaye, 22, in Computer Graphics. The young woman also triumphed in the Cross Media Publishing category alongside Maxime Bonhomme. Gilles Goffard and Esther Guerisse also left with a gold medal in the Entrepreneurship category.
Seven Belgians received a rating greater than or equal to the world average and were awarded a medal of excellence. They competed in categories such as Welding, Electrical Installations, Industrial Management, Floral Art, Automotive Technology and Hospitality Services.
After Rotterdam in 2008, Lisbon in 2010 and Spa-Francorchamps in 2012, the fourth edition of Euroskills took place in Lille. Over 430 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 years from 25 different countries competed in 44 different trades. The six economic sectors represented were creative arts and fashion, information technology and communication, industry, construction, transport and logistic, and services.
In 2012, 36 Belgian contestants received six medals of excellence and fourteen medals: five gold, six silver and three bronze.
Euroskills takes place every two years; the next big event will be the WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August 2015.
Maria Nowak (Source: Belga)