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Preparations for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015
Monday, 18 August 2014
WorldSkills International and WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 staff meet at Anhembi Park.

From 23 July to 1 August, members of the WorldSkills International Secretariat were in Brazil to work together with the Competition Organizer of WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

During their stay in São Paulo, the teams met to advance preparations on all aspects of the event. From planning packages, sponsorship, conferences, Competition Preparation Week, and the One School One Country programme. "The past weeks have been very good for us to build our relationship and partnership and to address particular topics with the right people," said Technical Director of WorldSkills International, Jane Stokie.

On 29 July, the entire team was at Anhembi Park, the venue for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, to check the layout of the Competition closely as well as the rooms where the conferences and seminars will be held.

Mongolian Labour Minister receives President of WorldSkills International
Tuesday, 05 August 2014

The Mongolian Minister of Labour Ya.Sanjmyatav last Tuesday welcomed Mr Simon Bartley, President of WorldSkills International.

Mr Bartley highlighted the importance of Mongolia joining WorldSkills International (WSI) as its 69th Member, and said that preparation of skilled workers, who match the needs of the labour market, will bring many advantages to the economy. He encouraged Mongolia to challenge their teachers in order to successfully compete in WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 in Brazil.

American Welding Society becomes a Global Supporter of WorldSkills International
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The American Welding Society (AWS), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of welding, has signed on as a Global Supporter of the non-profit organization WorldSkills International (WSI).

As a Global Supporter of WorldSkills, AWS will have representatives at the WorldSkills General Assembly 2014 in Lucerne, Switzerland this September, as well as have promotional placing during the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil in 2015.  

SkillsUSA 50th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference
Monday, 21 July 2014

SkillsUSA returned to Kansas City 23-27 June 2014, for its 50th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students. Quality career and technical education was the centerpiece of the conference. More than 15,000 students, teachers and education leaders participated in the event, as well as representatives from more than 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses, and labour unions.

Increasing youth employability
Monday, 14 July 2014

The issues related to global youth unemployment are real. While WorldSkills cannot reverse the statistics, it can be proactive in preventing them from growing, and work to decrease the numbers by changing behaviors. To find solutions, we must first understand the problems and barriers to the employability of youth.

According to a report by the International Labour Office (ILO), a mismatch between the labour market requirements and their education and training is a key reason why youth have difficulty finding jobs.

Discover the WorldSkills Hong Kong Competition cum Carnival 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014

More than 25,000 participants enjoyed a thrilling skills competition and delightful carnival in one-go on 27 and 28 June.

The WorldSkills Hong Kong Competition cum Carnival 2014 (WHKC 2014) was successfully held in June in the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, a new landmark on the coastline of Hong Kong. This biennial event was not only a competition, but also a carnival this year. It was staged for the first time in such a magnificent venue and was opened for the public. There were 25 competition trades at WSHK 2014 with 11 of them held in Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. These included Beauty Therapy, Bricklaying, Hairdressing, Joinery, Mobile Robotics, Painting and Decoration, Plumbing and Heating, Restaurant Service, Visual Merchandising/Window Display, Wall and Floor Tiling, and Web Design.

Skilled entrepreneurs – gaining skills beyond the tools
Sunday, 06 July 2014

During on the job apprenticeship training, the focus is on teaching the practical skills of the trade and what is required of the apprentice as an employee. As they gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed by working in their respective trade, they are ready to develop their entrepreneurial spirit.

They strive to run their own prosperous business and become an integral part of their local business community. Many skilled tradespeople are entrepreneurs who start their own businesses. It may start small with a few clients, but as business grows, so does the need for additional business related skills.

The Brazilian Carnival
Friday, 27 June 2014

brazil-carnival-parade-2014brazil-carnival-2014---best-photos--sao-paulo--accelerated-ideas-spmcewrw.jpgDuring the countdown to WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, we'll present and show a little bit of Brazilian culture and customs. In this article, you'll learn more about one of the most traditionally holidays and festivals in Brazil: Carnival.

As in the other parts of the world, the Brazilian Carnival occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. The celebration has its origins in Portugal, where it began in the fifteenth century. During the colonization of Brazil, the Portuguese people brought the celebration with them, especially after the Portuguese Royal Family moved to Brazil, in 1808. At this stage, the city of Rio de Janeiro started to have his own celebration, mainly an aristocratic celebration, but slowly, the lower classes of society started to take ownership of Carnival. The early records of "Carnival de Rua" (Street Carnival) parties are in Rio de Janeiro.

Technical Working Group meeting in Hong Kong
Friday, 27 June 2014

twg_hk_201406.jpgIn Hong Kong 11-13 June the second Technical Working Group meeting of the year was held.

The main objective of the meetings was to prepare for the upcoming Technical Committee meetings in September, as well as to advance the preparations for WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015.

Technical Delegates from eleven Members joined in some fruitful and challenging discussions about important topics such as Competition Rules, logistics, infrastructure, sustainability, health and safety, competition assessment, and training of new Members. In addition Delegates discussed the ongoing involvement of Champions at a national level and began thinking about how WorldSkills can remain sustainable as the Membership grows.

Get ready for Competition Preparation Week
Friday, 27 June 2014

In early 2015 WorldSkills will come to São Paulo to develop and prepare for the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world. From 31 January to 5 February organizers, partners, students, teachers, sponsors, partners, Delegates, Experts, and specialists will meet together to plan and share the excitement as it builds towards the August 2015 event.

WorldSkills Foundation Board approves new round of projects
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

news2_bot_meeting.jpgA number of new exciting projects have been reviewed and approved by the WorldSkills Foundation Board of Trustees and will be launched in the second half of this year and throughout 2015.

There will be more and closer collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization on projects in Africa – building on the success of the first National Skills Competition in Abidjan – continued expansion of the Healthabitat Sanitation Studio programmes in less developed countries, and further development of the Virtual 3D Learning initiative. As part of the project proposals, the Foundation will also focus on the upcoming WorldSkills Champions Forum at the General Assembly 2014. Additionally, the potential of the Water Innovation Challenge and broader Innovation Challenge concept was also explored: the Project Development team will now begin to prepare for a second, improved edition of the Singapore event, with location and focus still to be confirmed.

Water Innovation Challenge pioneers new format of skills competitions
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

As our pilot Water Innovation Challenge was successfully held earlier this month in Singapore, the WorldSkills Foundation is now in the process of evaluating the event and planning for new and improved editions, building on the keen interest of industry partners and sponsors involved in delivering this first showcase.

This event was designed specifically to help WorldSkills representatives experiment with new approaches for running skills competitions, with the primary goal to be innovative and stretch the barriers. Further to this, the resulting design work produced has a very real and very valuable end ‘customer’: the Healthabitat Sanitation Studio programmes in Nepal and Bangladesh.

The 2014 Skills Canada National Competition was a huge success!
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The 20th anniversary of the Skills Canada National Competition that took place earlier in June in Toronto marked an huge milestone for Canada.

Over 500 of Canada’s best skilled trade and technology students and apprentices competed in 43 skills. The country’s top industry leaders and government officials were on hand, including the Canadian Minister of Employment and Social Development, Jason Kenney, who addressed Competitors and partners and announced additional funding to Skills/Compétences Canada.

View the SCNC 2014 highlight video, competition pictures, and competition results.

The impact of skills on a sustainable environment
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

news1-2_wic_usa_team.jpgWith World Environment Day (WED) activities being held in countries across the globe earlier this month, we are all reminded to have a close look at the impact we are making on the environment. WED, a vehicle of the United Nations, encourages worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Since 1974, it has grown to be celebrated in over 100 countries.

The manufacturing, construction, and installation of energy efficient homes and buildings are made possible by skilled professionals. The attention to detail that these new designs require is important to have properly trained, highly skilled workers completing the project to its specifications. WorldSkills is working with organizations and companies to constantly promote new and emerging technologies and techniques to young skilled professionals. Projects like the Water Innovation Challenge and the WorldSkills Competition highlight the need to learn new skills to ensure a sustainable future. 

Canadian youth at the second APEC Youth Skills Camp
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

apec_ca_062014_b.jpgThe second APEC Youth Skills Camp was held 21-30 May 2014, and included over 120 participants from 13 APEC economies. The goal of the programme was to promote communication and cooperation on human resources development among APEC economies.

The People’s Republic of China invited 15 economies to participate in an eight-day program. The Government of Canada selected Skills Canada to bring four students to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The program included a youth forum, visits to vocational colleges, industries, and training facilities.

It was clear that there exist many cultural differences between economies, but the one commonality is undoubtedly the growing emphasis on securing a skilled workforce.

To get a glimpse on our experiences, visit the APEC 2014 Facebook page.

PAEET hosts WorldSkills International Board of Directors in Kuwait
Tuesday, 17 June 2014

201406_kuwait_bod_pro_159_2.jpgIn June the WorldSkills International Board of Directors met in Kuwait to partake in a number of successful meetings and get a glimpse of the newly built Skills Training Centre.

A recent Member to WorldSkills, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) joined in 2012 after participating in GCC Regional Competitions. After competing at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, the Kuwait Skills Team recognized the benefit of building a skills training centre for the region. This training centre would not only help Experts prepare and train Competitors but help promote skills competitions both locally and regionally, ultimately becoming a skills centre of excellence. The Board of Directors had the ability to not only see the centre and its future plans but were able to meet with the instructors and hear their goals and ambitions. The centre is the first of its kinds in the GCC region and is anticipated to fully open in April 2015.


Welcome to our newest Members: Kazakhstan, Egypt and Zambia!
Tuesday, 17 June 2014

worldskills_map_countries_red_rgb_72.jpgWorldSkills is a movement worldwide. Our membership of countries and regions spanning the globe is proof that employment challenges related to the lack or undervaluation of skills is a worldwide issue. Now is the time when we are collaborating to take action and overcome these issues. We are educating and training our youth and providing opportunities for them to build a sustainable future in a strong economy in their home countries.

The 70th Member of WorldSkills is Kazakhstan

The 71st Member of WorldSkills is Zambia 

The 72nd Member of WorldSkills is Egypt

WorldSkills Russia Kazan 2014 - second Russian National Skills Competition
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

wsr_kazan_2014_oc_-_copy.jpgWith the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the Russian National Skills Competition was held 14-20 May 2014 at the Kazan Exhibition.

Three days of competition were comprised of 39 Russian Regions, 39 Skills, 455 Competitors, 511 Experts from Russia and from 10 other countries, and more than 53,000 visitors. The participants competed in 35 different skills plus four demonstration skills were presented: Oil Drilling, Pre-School Teacher, Entrepreneur and Baker. The Competition Information System (CIS) was used for the first time at the Russian National Skills Competitions learning environment.

It was truly an international event with a number of international Experts taking part including those from Australia, Ukraine, Belgium, Finland, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Armenia, Austria, and South Ossetia.

"Skilled for Excellence and Development" - WorldSkills Champions share their stories
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

20140602_150550.jpg"Skilled for Excellence and Development" was a side-event organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany and Brazil with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and WorldSkills, held on the occasion of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum "#Youth2015: Realizing the Future They Want".

"I was thrilled to be part of a forum that was focused on listening to the demands of the youth and what matters to them in the post-2015 agenda regarding topics like employment, entrepreneurship, and the transition school-to-work -- this is definitely the way to go. The major event is a great initiative that brings the empowerment of the youth one step further for the better. There was a unique opportunity for hearing and learning the different perspectives from youth participants from all over the world, thus becoming aware of their countries' struggles and actions towards the youth -- the experience was both inspiring and motivating, thus making me reflect even more about my role as a youth participant in this world and the issues that my perspectives and experiences can help solve,"  says Nata Barbosa about his experience as part of the ECOSOC side-event in New York.

Do you believe in skills?
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

6214787922_089713bab7_o.jpgCalling all supporters and believers of skilled professions around the world!

What does having a skill mean to you, tell us your stories. “I believe in skills…” is a campaign to gather the best stories about people’s passion and appreciation for skills and how skills make the world a better place.

We want to hear your raw stories and messages, tell us which skill you believe in and how is it improving this world. There is a new Facebook page called "For the love of skills", post your videos, stories, photos there to tell the world about the skill or skills you believe in. 

You can submit your entries via Facebook in the form of a video, photo or narrative. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 1 August. At that time, we will compile all the entries and create one international snapshot type video that would show what skills means to the world. We will promote this video through all our WorldSkills channels and partners. 


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