Olympiads to Celebrate Haitian Competence

The CNIAH and the vocational schools adopt the skills competition of the major industrialized countries at the “Olympiades des Métiers 2017” that they are organizing in partnership with the INFP and the USAID LEVE Project, to promote and support the training programs in construction in Haiti.

The 2017 Olympiad of Crafts in Haiti will allow the professional centers to demonstrate their abilities to the leaders of the industry.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (October 9, 2017) – The Collège National des Ingénieurs et Architectes Haïtiens (National College of Haitian Engineers and Architects, (CNIAH) will launch, in collaboration with the National Institute of Vocational Training (INFP), Vocational Schools and USAID’s Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) Project, the 2017 Olympiad des Métiers, 11-12 November 2017 at the campus of the University of Quisqueya in Port-au-Prince. More than 50 of the best students and apprentices representing more than 10 vocational schools have registered and will challenge their knowledge in three separate masonry, electrical and plumbing competitions.

This second edition of competitions ─ the first which was organized by AmCham Haiti and CMAH in MATCON in 2015 ─ will unveil to the public the abilities of students and apprentices through the various competitions of the Olympiads. Competitors, representing some of the best vocational training centers, will be accompanied by trainers, experts and delegates as well as industry leaders and government representatives. The Olympiads will bring together several students and technicians who will compete in three (3) skills competitions, related to the following sectors of activity: masonry, electricity (including renewable and solar energy), and plumbing. This unique competition allows vocational training centers to demonstrate the quality of their practices in the specialized trades of the sector and their ability to respond to market demands. It also allows young people in the country who are learning a skilled trade or a new technology to assess their skills to the rigorous standards of the industry and to compete with peers, hoping to be named the best in their discipline.

The winners of the plumbing competition of the vocational school, Ecole Professionnelle Saint-Joseph Artisan, at the first Haitian Olympiads of the Construction Trades in 2015 at MATCON at the SONAPI Industrial Park.

I think this event is a good opportunity to create essential linkages between professionals and technicians in Haiti’s construction sector,” says Christine T. Neptune, Architect and Consultant at CNIAH.

The 2017 Olympiad des Métiers will be open to young people, groups of students and the general public.