The NSALAB team organized competition sites for three skills at once at the National Intercollegiate Competition

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On 26–29 November 2019, the Finale of the 3rd National Intercollegiate Competition “Young Professionals” (WorldSkills Russia) was held at VDNH. About 500 competitor from 73 Russian universities showed their professional knowledge of 52 skills. Over 500 experts evaluated their work.

The NSALAB has developed test project and organized competitive platforms for three skills at once: “Network and System Administration”, “Cloud Computing” and “Information Security”. The last two skills were presented at the Russian National Competition for the first time.

“We have gained quite an interesting experience during the Finale of the 3rd National Intercollegiate Competition ‘Young Professionals,’ where we managed to test new approaches to organizing and hosting WorldSkills competitions”, says Aleksandr Gorbachev, the laboratory head. “Special thanks to the colleagues from the ‘Cybersecurity’ skill, — the company Lanside — for their help in developing a solution for secure Internet access, eliminating the possibility of creating unequal conditions.”

The laboratory specialists have done a great job to ensure that the challenges go smoothly, and they have also applied new methods of competition organization, in particular:
  • The centralization of the competition platform for 3 IT skills at once — “Network and System Administration”, “Cybersecurity” and “Cloud Computing” — significantly reduced the cost of building and infrastructure of the competition, as well as gave the participants and experts of the three skills more opportunities to share their IT related knowledge and experience.
  • Testing new formats of the test project in these three skills, which have received quite positive feedback from both participants and experts representing higher educational institutions, and from business representatives on the competition site.
  • Use of Internet resources: for the first time in existence of the “Network and System Administration” skill, participants were allowed to use Internet resources for reference and information purposes, which brings the conditions of the competition closer to the realities of IT specialists' work.
  • Cisco Modeling Labs / VIRL: replacing a huge amount of equipment in the workplace with a centralized Cisco Modeling Labs / VIRL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab), which has extensive emulation capabilities of a modern IT infrastructure for both training and qualification assessment for competitions and skills-based demonstration exam.
  • Streaming workplaces: in the test mode, a solution has been tested to centralize the streaming and recording of participants' workplaces; in the future, it will be able to show the viewers how the participants perform their competition tasks and, should there be any disputes,at competitions and skills-based demonstration exam, this system should be able solve them.
  • Automated verification: the competitor were shown performing their tasks, during the evaluation, one of the five criteria of the test project was checked automatically.

“Three skills were presented at once, as managed from one ‘command center,’ the competitor performed a project task close to real working conditions on one site”, comments Mikhail Grigoriev, an expert from Russia in the skill of “Cloud Computing” and the main organizer of this competition platform. “I think it is very important, at least when launching a new skill, to receive feedback from experts and competitor; the internal assessment is 4 out of 5, which is very good for a start”.