On November 11 and 12, the second edition of the vocational skills competition – Olympiades des Métiers 2017 – was held at Quisqueya University. This year’s event was sponsored by the national order of engineers and architects (CNIAH), along with support from the Haiti national institute of vocational training (INFP), and USAID’s Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement project (LEVE).
The second edition of the Haiti’s skills Olympiade publicly showcased the abilities of 40 students and apprentices from 6 vocational schools in 3 different trades – electricity, plumbing and masonry. Competitors represented some of the best vocational schools, and the competition allowed them to demonstrate the quality of their work, and to respond to market demand. It provided a forum for young graduates to compare their acquired skills against world class construction standards. The 2-day event also included roundtable discussions on workforce training issues, product demonstrations and commercial exhibitors.
The Centre de Technologie Moderne d’Haiti – CETEMOH – dominated the event winning two gold medals in plumbing and electricity. Ecole Professionnelle Fondation Vincent from Cap-Haitian, won the gold in the masonry competition.