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The rural skills competition aims to inspire the next generations

China’s second state-level rural skills competition was held in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. The competition ended on Friday. (photo: Sun Xingwei for China Daily)

Young people have made efforts to hone their skills and revitalize the country’s rural economy in a major competition.

China’s second state-level rural skills competition concluded on Friday in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, with the aim of providing a stage for people to showcase their skills and turn more young people into skill champions, helping to boost the rural economy.

“My hometown and many rural areas in my province offer very good agricultural products and fruits. However, local people don’t have much knowledge about e-commerce or live broadcasting, so they usually worry about selling products,” said Suo Chengyu, a gold medal winner in the e-commerce competition event.

The 21-year-old from Zhaotong in southwestern Yunnan province, who is in her third year at Yunnan Technician College, said she wants to contribute to the development of e-commerce in rural areas and wants to become a teacher after graduation.

“Rural areas need more e-commerce talent. “I want to encourage or inspire more young people in rural areas to use their strength and skills to revitalize rural development,” she said.

Wang Xiaojun, an official of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, said the competition is a good opportunity for society to pay more attention to skilled workers, which can also help optimize the national skilled worker evaluation system.

China’s second state-level rural skills competition was held in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. The competition ended on Friday. (Photo: Sun Xingwei for China Daily)

She said the competition promotes the spirit of work and craft models among the public, which can inspire more people, especially those in rural areas, to learn and use skills to find work and contribute to the nation.

The competition started on Wednesday in Guiyang and attracted over 700 competitors from all over the country. It included 11 events focusing on useful and practical skills, including bricklaying, agricultural machinery maintenance and e-commerce, with each event providing a separate group competition for experienced staff and students.

The competition was jointly organized by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and the Guizhou government. In September 2021, the first national rural skills competition was held in Urumqi in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.