8 July 2019: Malaysia and China square off in jewellery making match leading up to the WorldSkills Competition in Russia this August
For the first time ever, Malaysia will be competing in WorldSkills Competition (WSC) – Jewellery – that will be held in Kazan, Russia from 22-27 August 2019.
National Craft Institute Metal Craft Department student Nur Fatihah Hassan who won bronze in Malaysia’s Youth WSC back in October 2018 will be representing the country in WSC 2019 under the Jewellery category.
Giving insight into the competition, Nur Fatihah and Chen Qailin from the Guangzhou Nanhua Industry & Trade Technical School in China competed against each other in a friendly jewellery skills match from 7 to 8 July at the National Institute of Craft in Rawang.
In a match that lasted for a total of 10 hours (five hours for each day), both representatives were tasked with crafting an intricate silver pendant from scratch after receiving the layout of the design on the competition day itself.
Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation Director General Ibrahim bin Ismail was present to witness the participants’ skills. Dr. Ghalip Spahat, representative from JPK, mentioned that an allocation of RM40,000 for high achievement will be awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource to Nur Fatihah should she win gold at WSC 2019.
She will also be awarded a certificate indicating a certain level of achievement in her skilled department which will be equivalent to the level of a Degree holder.
With hopes to broaden their departments, National Craft Institute currently offers six skillset departments including the Batik Craft, Weaving Craft, Wood Craft, Metal Craft, Ceramic Craft and Rattan Craft.