World's second ICBC to be established in Taiwan

Vice Labor Minister Lin San-quei

Vice Labor Minister Lin San-quei (CNA photo)

The world's second WorldSkills International Capacity Building Center (ICBC), an institute aimed at supporting global skills development, will be established in Taiwan, Vice Labor Minister Lin San-quei (林三貴) said Saturday.

Next week, the Workforce Development Agency under the Ministry of Labor will sign a memorandum of understanding with WorldSkills International (WSI) on the matter, according to Lin, who serves as WSI vice president for special affairs.

The signing will coincide with the WSI board of directors' standing committee meeting, which will be held in Taiwan for the first time in 69 years, Lin said.

The new ICBC will introduce Taiwan's vocational strengths -- such as carpentry and machinery -- to countries in Africa and those targeted by Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, Lin said.

Demand for Taiwan's vocational professionals, teaching materials, machines and machine maintenance skills are likely to rise when Taiwan helps other countries develop vocational skills through the ICBC, Lin said.

"With the new ICBC, Taiwan will see the rise of its own vocational industry," Lin emphasized.

In February 2018, the WSI and South Korea signed a MOU to establish the first ICBC, with an emphasis on skills competitions, capacity building and skills training in Africa and other developing countries.

The WSI is known for its WorldSkills Competition, a renowned biannual vocational skills championship.

At the 44th Competition, held in the United Arab Emirates in October 2017, Taiwan won four gold, one silver, and five bronze medals.