Air Products San Fu, a subsidiary of Air Products, recently sponsored the welding contests at the 46th Vocational Skills Competition and the jointly held 44th WorldSkills Competition Team Selection Contest.

The company will also sponsor the shielding gases used during the one-year training of Taiwan’s representatives for the 44th WorldSkills Competition.

This is the third consecutive year for Air Products San Fu to sponsor the welding contests and contestants’ training.

Organised annually by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labour since 1968, the Vocational Skills Competition is the biggest vocational skills development and education event in Taiwan. This year’s competition took place from 9th – 13th August, with over 700 participants competing in 47 categories, including welding.

Open to contestants aged 21 years or under, the Vocational Skills Competition offers young talent a valuable opportunity to hone their vocational skills and gain experience for their professional development. The top three winners in each category will be eligible to compete in the 44th WorldSkills Competition Team Selection Contest for the chance to represent Taiwan at the international vocational education and skills event to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), in 2017.

Eugene Lu, President, Taiwan Industrial Gases at Air Products, said, “Welding has a wide application across a multitude of industries and plays an important role in economic development. As a leading industrial gases supplier, we are very honoured to sponsor the shielding gases at the Vocational Skills Competition’s welding contests and the contestants’ training for the third consecutive year.”

“This has been a valuable opportunity for us to support the new generation of technicians in enhancing their skills in this professional field, and to help cultivate high-calibre talent for Taiwan’s welding industry.”

Air Products has been investing and operating in Taiwan through its subsidiary, Air Products San Fu, since 1987.