WorldSkills Kazan 2019 comes to an end: One medal and seven Medallions for Excellence for Team Finland

WorldSkills, the World Championship in skills for young professionals has come to an end in Kazan, Russia. Team Finland participated with a team consisting of 27 young professionals. Team Finland managed to win one medal and seven Medallions for Excellence, which are awarded for a performance above the mean.

Pinja Harakkamäki who studies at Tampereen seudun ammattiopisto Tredu managed to win the silver medal in the Chemical Laboratory Technology skill. Pinja is simultaneously studying Laboratory Technology as well as attending High School.

At the competitions Medallions for Excellence are also awarded, for competitors who managed to perform above the mean in their skill. Out of Team Finland’s competitors the following managed to get the Medallion:

Welding: Miika Viitala, OSAO
Electronics: Joonatan Kivelä, OSAO
Fashion Technology: Melissa Kuisma, Gradia
Cooking: Kaisla Heimala, Perho Liiketalousopisto
Restaurant Service: Suvi Minkkinen, Gradia
Landscape Gardening: Wilhelmiina Saarijärvi, SASKY koulutuskuntayhtyä and Veikko Tahvanainen, Riveria

WorldSkills Kazan 2019 took place between the 22nd and 27th of August 2019 in Kazan, Russia. Over 1 300 young professionals from over 60 different countries partook in the competitions. They competed in multiple different skills, of which there were over 50. Team Finland took part in 25 different skills, including Robotics, Car Painting, Welding and Hairdressing.

WorldSkills competitions have been organized since the 1950s. Finland took part for the first time in 1989. Over the years Team Finland has managed to win 17 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 24 bronze medals as well as 150 Medallions for Excellence.

  • Kaisla Heimala, Cooking

    Kaisla Heimala, Cooking

    Picture: Joel Koch / Skills Finland

  • Wilhelmiina Saarijärvi ja Veikko Tahvanainen, Landscape Gardening

    Wilhelmiina Saarijärvi ja Veikko Tahvanainen, Landscape Gardening

    Picture: WorldSkills

  • Pinja Harakkamäki, Chemical Laboratory Technology

    Pinja Harakkamäki, Chemical Laboratory Technology

    Picture: WorldSkills

  • Eemil Ahonen, IT Software Solutions for Business

    Eemil Ahonen, IT Software Solutions for Business

    Picture: WorldSkills

  • Suvi Minkkinen, Restaurant Service

    Suvi Minkkinen, Restaurant Service

    Picture: WorldSkills

  • Joonatan Kivelä, Electronics

    Joonatan Kivelä, Electronics

    Picture: WorldSkills

  • Melissa Kuisma, Fashion Technology

    Melissa Kuisma, Fashion Technology

    Picture: WorldSkills

  • Miika Viitala, Welding

    Miika Viitala, Welding

    Picture: WorldSkills