Young talented artisans to represent Belgium in Kazan

30th of April 2019

For the fifth year running, the Platform for Education and Talent, created by Sofina and the heirs of Gustave Boël, is supporting talented young people who will represent Belgium in the international Worldskills competition taking place in Kazan (Russia) from 22 to 27 August 2019.

The olding company Sofina and Gustave Boël’s heirs created, within the King Baudouin Foundation, a platform dedicated to education and training to support the emergence and strengthening of young talent. In the field of heritage, the Platform provides support for young Belgian artisans working in various heritage skills with the aim of promoting their development towards excellence.

The objective of the Worldskills competition is to promote technical skills within the context of social and economic development. It is an occasion for young participants to measure themselves against the excellence of peers from across the world, whilst adhering to international standards of quality. It is an experience that enables participants to develop their professional skills and surpass themselves, but above all to be recognised for the talents they demonstrate during the competition.

From 22 to 27 August 2019, over 1600 young people, from 60 countries, will champion their particular skills in some 56 disciplines to win a world title in Kazan, Russia. Among the participants will be 7 heritage skills artisans supported by the Platform for Education and Talent:

  • Jonas Menschaert, aged 20: Landscape gardening
  • Dylan Lekeux, aged 21: Landscape gardening
  • Robbe Meyvis, aged 21: Cabinetmaking
  • Alice Baré, aged 20: Fashion Technology
  • Clément Dernoncourt, aged 21: Print Media Technology
  • Julien Ramlot, aged 22: Architectural Stonemasonry
  • Allan Deneuker, aged 20: Joinery