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International seminar in Finland on sustainability in VET
Wednesday, 09 April 2014


By Skills Finland

An international seminar around "work based learning as a sustainable practice on vocational education and training" was held 9 April 2014 in the Finnish national competition in Lahti.

Among the speakers were Head of unit (VET) Dana Bachmann from the European Commission, President Simon Bartley from WorldSkills, and Executive Director Eija Alhojärvi from Skills Finland. Sung Ki Yi, Official Delegate from WorldSkills Korea also attended the seminar (photo).


WorldSkills International President visits São Paulo
Saturday, 05 April 2014

wsc2015_igr_simon_bartley.jpgWorldSkills President, Simon Bartley went to São Paulo and Brasilia recently to promote the 43rd WorldSkills Competition coming to São Paulo in August 2015. An important part of his visit was to meet with several political, educational and industry leaders throughout the country to raise the awareness of what WorldSkills does and the benefits of hosting a WorldSkills Competition for a country.

In Brasilia, Simon met with the Chairman of the Education Committee of the Senate, Cyro Miranda (photo). He also had the opportunity to address the Education Committee in the House of Representatives.

Media were very interested in Simon's visit to Brazil and several media outlets covered it. 


WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 in full preparation
Friday, 04 April 2014

wsiwssp_03.jpgWorldSkills São Paulo 2015 and WorldSkills International have spent a week in Bogota, Colombia observing and using the 3rd WorldSkills Americas as an ideal learning environment in preparation for the upcoming 43rd WorldSkills Competition. There is no better way to learn about hosting a skills competition than having a skills competition as the backdrop to the meetings and discussions. It is the perfect opportunity to bring discussions to life. When we were in meetings and talking about details on things like infrastructure, catering, signage, and media, we went out in the venue and saw it in action. 

Our goal is to bring the WorldSkills Competition to every country around the world, who's in?



WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2014 - Lucerne, Switzerland
Friday, 04 April 2014

wslf2014_ch.jpgIn September 2014, the world comes to Lucerne, Switzerland to attend the WorldSkills General Assembly. Delegates from the 68 WorldSkills Members come together for strategy, technical and overall organization discussions and decisions. One large part of this event is the WorldSkills Leaders Forum (WSLF) which is shaping up to be an impressive international view of skills, apprenticeships and the impact on the global economy and growth.

The WSLF is open to all Delegates attending the WorldSkills General Assembly and will also be attended by several European leaders in industry, education and government to round of this excellent networking opportunity.

For the full programme and more information please visit:

Virtual 3D Learning Innovation Lab up and running at ITE Singapore
Friday, 04 April 2014

news5_op023_201403_interns_mc_sn.jpgMichael Christensen (Canada; Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD Champion from WorldSkills London 2011) and Simon Noerdjan (Suriname; Web Design Champion from WorldSkills Americas 2010) were the successful applicants to be selected for the second WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) - Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Virtual 3D Learning Innovation Lab, and have begun a three-month adventure in Singapore which will run to mid-June 2014.

Michael and Simon will develop an immersive, interactive Virtual 3D training application for use in ITE’s Higher Nitec Facilities Management courses.

Plumbing Champions complete Healthabitat South Africa Sanitation Studio programme
Friday, 04 April 2014

news4-1_op021_201403_za_day2_08.jpgBetween 10 and 20 March 2014, the Plumbing and Heating Gold Medallists from the past two WorldSkills Competitions, Shane Trevitt (United Kingdom – WorldSkills London 2011) and Ciaran Coady (Ireland – WorldSkills Leipzig 2013) completed a visit to Diepsloot, South Africa in support of the Healthabitat Sanitation Studio in collaboration with local community partner WASSUP (Water, Amenities and Sanitation Service Upgrade Project).

This Sanitation Studio is one of four international Healthabitat projects supported by the WorldSkills Foundation (WSF). It is further linked to International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – Australia) and the World Plumbing Council.

Young talent will tackle inaugural Water Innovation Challenge
Friday, 04 April 2014

news3_op018_201310_wic_banner.jpgThe World Health Organization has declared plumbers the most important front line health workers around the globe. While many parts of the world enjoy clean water from modern sanitation technology and water systems provided by professional plumbers, many other parts remain trapped in a vicious circle of poor health and hygiene conditions due to the lack of effective water management expertise.

In an attempt to raise awareness of this issue by connecting to the WorldSkills Competition format, WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) are launching a pilot event – Water Innovation Challenge – which will be hosted 3-5 June 2014 at ITE College East (Institute of Technical Education), Singapore.

Find out more about SIWW

WorldSkills Foundation joins the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility
Friday, 04 April 2014

news2_pi035_20140312_lkdf_group.jpgOne of the major goals within the WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) – in leveraging the global WorldSkills movement – is to reach out to developing countries, facilitating sustainable workplace skills development and raising levels of skill competencies to international standards.

WSF will contribute to the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) by sharing expertise on training and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors, as well as supporting gender balance requirements in new Facility projects, by promoting female role models drawn from WorldSkills’ Expert networks.

Find out more about LDKF:

Côte d’Ivoire gearing up for their first national skills competition
Friday, 04 April 2014

news1_op024_201404_cote_divoire_preparation_week.jpgAbidjan is an important economic city of Côte d’Ivoire, located on the south-east coast of the country in the Gulf of Guinea. Fittingly, as a Sister City to São Paulo – host of the 42nd WorldSkills Competition in 2015 – it is also the place where Côte d’Ivoire’s first national skills competition will take place from 15–17 May this year, an initiative supported by the WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

In May, 18 Competitors from local schools will join a national competition for the first time in their lives. We wish them the best of luck with their preparation, and we will continue to follow their stories from Côte d’Ivoire.


Message from CEO
Friday, 04 April 2014

wsc2013_wsi_bb-2611.jpgWorldSkills is embarking on a new era in its history. This is very exciting as we strategically reposition ourselves as the global hub of skills excellence. We have been operational for almost 65 years and we now take the deliberate focus on showcasing and inspiring skills excellence. Through skills competitions, projects and activities we are actively promoting skilled professions to the world. In addition, we aim to facilitate the sharing of best practices and knowledge transfer around the world. We all have so much to learn from each other and with the WorldSkills extensive network of industry, education and government professionals we can make a huge impact on the level of skills ability and knowledge globally.

We are proud of our new direction and invite all our Members, stakeholders and supporters to work with us on this important road to improve the world with the power of skills. We all own this new vision and need to work together to make the world a better place filled with highly skilled professions.

Benefits of skills competitions for youth
Friday, 04 April 2014

wsa2014_students.jpgWorldSkills Champions will tell you that taking part in a WorldSkills Competition is a life changing experience. Did you know that this is also the case for the young people that come to watch the competitors in action? Where else can they come and get acquainted with the world of skills? Would they have heard about the choices available to them if they had not visited a WorldSkills Competition?

WorldSkills Competitions, enables youth to see a skilled profession in action then to actually engage and talk to people in those skills. For some skills, they are even given the opportunity to try their hands at a skill. WorldSkills opens the door to a world of opportunity.



Introducing the new WorldSkills...
Friday, 04 April 2014

ws_new_brand.pngOver the last year, WorldSkills has completed a major rebranding and communications project and we are now ready to share the "New WorldSkills" with you.

WorldSkills Foundation and WorldSkills International, while being separate organizations, will now collaborate together under the joint brand of WorldSkills. We share a vision and mission to improve our world with the power of skills, all through our six new focus areas: Advocacy, Competitions and Projects, Education and Training, International Cooperation and Development, and Career and Research.

We are more than a Competition! We are the global hub for skills excellence.

WorldSkills Leaders Forum - inspiring excellence!
Thursday, 03 April 2014


The WorldSkills Americas 2014 Leaders Forum has begun, under the theme of Inspiring Excellence: Challenges of Professional Training in Latin America in the 21st century. Several high profile speakers opened the event from Gina Parody D'Echenoa, General Director SENA, Rafael Pardo, Minister of Labor for Colombia, Rafael Lucchesi, President of WorldSkills Americas to Angela Escallon, Executive Director Corona Foundation.

The first session turned to the global perspective taking an in depth look at the scope and role of skills competitions as a strategy to improve quality of professional training. David Hoey, CEO of WorldSkills International gave an enlightening presentation on the important role that skill competitions have on economic development and growth within the host country and around the world. WorldSkills operates in 68 Member countries and regions, including several American countries.

The Leaders Forum was a two-day event in Bogota, Colombia.




WorldSkills Americas Bogotá 2014
Monday, 24 March 2014

The 3rd WorldSkills Americas Competition is almost here! It will be held on 1-6 April 2014 in Bogotá, Colombia. The event is expecting 24 Member countries to attend and participate.

The event provides a platform for the improvement of skills development and excellence through the exchange of knowledge between countries and regions in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Planning on attending? Download the WorldSkills app from the Apple App Store!

For a preview of the passion demonstrated in the work of the Competitors and the excitement of the event, check out this video! (in Spanish)

The art of Floristry
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

3894012613_b585759225_o.jpgWhat do you think of when you hear the word Springtime? Flowers, of course!

It takes skill to master the art of arranging flowers, and that is why Floristry is one of the WorldSkills competitions. Florists are able to plan, design, and prepare floral works appropriate to the occasion style, scale, budget, and theme. They arrange the types and colours of flowers that not only look nice, but reflect the mood of the occasion. Whether the arrangements are for funerals, weddings, or just to say “I’m sorry”, "congratulations" or "thank you", Florists use their expertise to provide products that communicate those feelings the client is looking for.

If you are ever in the market for beautiful flower arrangements, check out our WorldSkills Champions working around the world, after all, they are the best at what they do!


A day without plumbing
Friday, 07 March 2014

wsf004_201302_hh_nepal_34.jpgWorld Plumbing Day is an international event on 11 March initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. Many of us take safe drinking water and sanitation systems for granted until something goes wrong, then those that fix the situation are heroes in our eyes.

The WorldSkills Foundation works with WorldSkills Champions and Experts, Industry, and local educational Institutions to develop new sanitation systems in remote communities such as the Dhulikhel region of Nepal. This is one example that demonstrates how important having a skill in plumbing can be, and how working together in partnerships can make positive changes in many lives around the world.

For more information on World Plumbing Day, visit

How will you celebrate International Womens Day?
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

3894610357_800b366bef_b.jpgInternational Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8 March. Various activities are held around the world to celebrate women and the social, economic, and political achievements that have been made by them over the years. It is also a day to recognize that there are still many areas related to equality for women that continue to deserve attention and further improvement.

How will you celebrate International Women’s Day? Community events, social networking, and a variety of media channels enable us all to spread the word so that the future for women is fulfilling, safe, and enriching.

At WorldSkills, we are going to celebrate by highlighting and thanking all the female Competitors, Experts, Delegates, Team Leaders, trainers, mentors and supporters. Without your help and guidance, many other young women wouldn't have the courage to follow in your footsteps. 

The benefits of participation
Tuesday, 25 February 2014

9201013644_008faae9a1_o.jpgIt is no secret that many people learn and retain information better when they are exposed to first-hand practical experience. That is why it is important for youth to have the opportunity to discover as many careers in their actual environments as possible.

Combined with knowledge about the local labour market, youth can be confident in making informed decisions about their career paths. When informed career decisions are made, they contribute to a healthier economy and a boost in labour market activity. It can be difficult and intimidating to find the up-to-date information about careers in your country or region. WorldSkills can help. With connections in industry, government and education, WorldSkills brings together all the avenues of career development and excellence. If you would like to learn more about career information in your country, reach out to your local WorldSkills Member and get connected!


Building the Olympics: behind the scenes
Monday, 17 February 2014

sochi.jpgAlthough skilled tradespeople and technologists are not competing in the Sochi 2014 Olympics, it could not have happened without them. When you think about it, every piece of the Olympic venues were created by someone with skills related to almost every WorldSkills skill category.

The venues at Sochi 2014 such as the ‘Ice Dome’, the ‘Ice Cube’, and the ‘Iceberg’ took many months of planning and developing for several different skilled tradespeople in the Construction and Building industry to build. From Landscape Gardeners ensuring the exteriors were welcoming, to Construction Metal Workers and Welders building the framework, to Electricians and Plumbers making it functional, these places were literally built from the ground up by skilled tradespeople. Special mention to the Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics who ensure the temperatures are up to precise standards in all areas, making it a Winter Olympics that the world can enjoy.


Press conference to launch EuroSkills 2014
Friday, 14 February 2014

euroskills2014.pngBy WorldSkills France

WorldSkills Europe, WorldSkills France and the Region Nord-Pas de Calais held a press conference on 12 February in the French city of Lille to launch the countdown to the EuroSkills 2014 Competition to be held from 2-4 October 2014.

The year 2014 has been declared the regional year of apprenticeship by the Region Nord-Pas de Calais, who will be using the event to:

  • boost the attractiveness of skills as a career path for young people;
  • show the benefits that apprenticeship has in boosting the local economy by ensuring greater employability for its young people;
  • change the mindset of parents and teachers alike, who still think success can only be achieved through academic studies;
  • and mobilize the local school network to ensure that as many youngsters as possible come to discover careers they have never heard of.
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