Successful staging of ArcticSkills 2021

Almost 50 skilled competitors from 16 different schools in the Barents Region faced each other in 13 different vocational fields and showcased another two vocations, tourism and photography. with everything screened live throughout Tuesday.

Due to the pandemic, ArcticSkills had to be arranged in Covid 19-proof form and so the competition was held in each respective participating school, while the work of the international jury took place digitally. The competition was broadcast live on Tuesday and viewers were able to follow the competition from their respective schools, and on the ArcticSkills website.
The competition has without doubt set logistical challenges, including streaming from each school and practical jury work taking place in parallel via Teams.
“It has been incredibly pleasing to be able to rely on the skills of Norrmedia in Luleå when it comes to live broadcasting,” says Mattias Söder, who was coordinator for the host organisations, the Arctic Vocational Foundation and Gränsälvsgymnasiet, who have hosted this year’s competition.
Despite the challenges, competition day proceeded in a fantastic way.
“We have seen really strong commitment from all the schools in the participating countries and the entire ArcticSkills partnership. Hundreds of e-mails have been exchanged during preparatory work, and the number of Teams meetings has been innumerable. All the colleagues involved have really done a great job and let us not forget the most important thing of all – through their commitment they have created a day to remember for the participants who have been able to show off their vocational skills in international competition,” adds Mattias Söder.
“Both of us would like to send a big thank you to everyone contributing to the staging. Together we have gained many useful experiences and saying that it is possible to arrange a competition of this size digitally,” say the hosts Leif Lahti and Katarina Lindberg.
“Now we have handed over the ArcticSkills relay baton to Murmansk, who will be hosting the competition in spring 2022. We look forward to the competition events in Murmansk. Although we have held the competition digitally for the first time and seen that it can be done, we feel that everyone is longing for the possibility to meet in person in Murmansk,” conclude Katarina Lindberg and Leif Lahti.
The winners in the different categories are attached in a separate list.

If you have questions to do with this press release, please get in touch with Leif Lahti, Director of the Arctic Vocational Foundation, mobile + 46 (0) 70 311 18 88 or Katarina Lindberg, Principal of Gränsälvsgymnasiet in Övertorneå, mobile + 46 (0)70 628 09 50. You can also contact Mattias Söder, Trainer Manager and coordinator for the ArcticSkills host organisations the Arctic Vocational Foundation and Gränsälvsgymnasiet, mobile + 46 (0) 72 212 52 04.