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During 2017, the BRICS Business Council Skills Development Working Group held the first BRICS Skills Challenge.

With participants and observers from Russia, India, China and South Africa, the 2017 challenge focused on manufacturing related skills, including:

  • Welding
  • Machinery and Electricity Skills
  • 3D Printing and Intelligent Manufacturing
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Challenge


In 2018, Chairmanship of BRICS moves to South Africa, and with South Africa hosting the Government summit and the BRICS Business Council Meetings the South African Skills Development Working Group (SDWG) has agreed to host the second BRICS Skills Challenge at Gallagher estate in Gauteng, During October 2018.

During the challenge participants are given specific tasks and deadlines in which to complete them. Participants are judged by panels of specialists from participating countries. The objectives of the Skills Development Working Group are:

  • increase bilateral and multilateral cooperation in skills development for Industry 4.0 and other future skills that will facilitate economic growth,
  • collaborate for innovation and development of cost-effective learning tools and
  • development of a standard qualification framework and new curricula in emerging technologies, to facilitate skills development and raise skills standards
  • Cyber Security
  • Internet of Things
  • Data Analytics
Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Industrial Robotics Installation and Maintenance
  • Metal joining challenge (Welding)
  • 3D Printing: Additive Manufacturing
  • Drone Technology
  • Maker
  • Multi-AXIS Machining
  • Intelligent Manufacturing (Automation)
  • Robotic Welding
  • Aircraft Composites
  • Aircraft sheetmetal
  • Non destructive testing