Vocational skills in focus in Finnmark regional championship



Kevin Janbut (17) prepares his Heavenly blueberry cheesecake for the waiter and the guest

Last week, Kirkenes upper secondary school arranged the regional championship of Finnmark in vocational competencies. The students competed in workshops all over the county, while Kirkenes and the media house IFinnmark, ensured that, the entire county could follow the competitions digitally on screen.

The editors from IFinnmark at work.

This event showed that there is a solution to fight the coronavirus’ impact on the ArcticSkills project. The event was a success, in spite of the fact that we have never been on this road before. The leaders of the arrangement give credit to the experts who tackled all challenges with creativity and quality. Principal Øystein Hansen expressed his gratitude and stated: “This shows that the competence, experiences and collaborative skills we have gained through ArcticSkills, can bring us a huge step forward on the way to highlighting the importance of vocational skills in society.” In a shorter perspective, it is clear that the experiences from this Championship together with the experiences from the digital Regional Championship in Murmansk can be of immense help to the arrangers of ArcticSkills 21 in Övertorneå.

From the welders’ competition

In the main picture, you see the winner of the cooking competition, 17-year-old Kevin Janbut from Kirkenes upper secondary school, putting the final additions to a meal that consisted of Lam Braisè and a Heavenly blueberry dream. Check the handle and concentration. These professional pride and skills gave him 92 out of 100 points, and sent him on to ArcticSkills final later this winter. I have borrowed the flash shot from a new journalist in IFinnmark, Marte Kirkesæther, who made a nice article about FM in the newspaper.