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15th National Skills Competition in Iran
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

201409_ir_ntl_comp.jpgThe 15th National Skills Competition was held from 31 August to 3 September in Karaj with 553 young participants. These competitions are held every year in three stages: provincial, county and national. The National Skills Competition was held with 46,183 Competitors in the provincial stage, 8,156 Competitors in the county phase and 553 Competitors were successful in reaching the national stage, competing in 29 individual skill competitions.


EuroSkills Lille 2014 - the results are in!
Wednesday, 08 October 2014

From 2 to 4 October, EuroSkills Lille 2014, the largest European skills competition took place in Lille Grand de Palais, France. Over 3 days, 450 young skilled workers, from 25 countries, competed in skills for the title best of Europe. 

EuroSkills Lille 2014 wasn’t only about competing, for the nearly 90,000 visitors it was about discovering and trying trades, getting information about training programmes and meeting tomorrow’s highly qualified young European professionals.

Discover your talents at EuroSkills Lille 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

euroskills_2014.pngWith less than one week to go, EuroSkills Lille 2014 is in the final preparations for all the Competitors and Experts to arrive in Lille, France. More than 400 Competitors from 25 countries are getting ready to participate in 40 individual skill competitions and several team challenges during the biggest European Skills Competition.

The theme of this year's EuroSkills Competition is "Discover your super Talents". Promoted in print, outdoor & online. For an impression have a look at the promotional video.


WorldSkills Champions Forum 2014
Saturday, 20 September 2014

wsai2742.jpgWorldSkills 51: engaging Champions beyond the Competition

Twenty-three Champions (former Competitors) from 13 different countries came together in Lucerne, Switzerland to discuss the ways in which they can be engaged with WorldSkills beyond the Competition. Through a variety of interactive sessions, Champions learned how to be a WorldSkills spokesperson by spreading WorldSkills key messages, improving their interview and presentation skills and being involved in an official capacity at the Competition level. Champions were also introduced to the WorldSkills Foundation and how to design, write and present a project plan.

“Following the Competition, we felt there was a lack of engagement, involvement, continuation and purpose as a Champion,” said Victor Simon from France who competed in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 in Manufacturing Team Challenge. “The development of the Champions Trust will help keep our passion alive and growing into the future.”


Canada and USA awarded WorldSkills General Assembly 2016 hosting rights
Saturday, 20 September 2014

1083343_10152662524425090_2029667816_o.jpgDuring the WorldSkills General Assembly in Lucerne, Switzerland, Skills/Compétences Canada in conjunction with SkillsUSA were granted the hosting rights of the 2016 event.

Tim Lawrence, CEO of SkillsUSA co-presented the bid to host the meeting and had this to say about the plans for 2016, “SkillsUSA is extremely excited to be working in cooperation with Skills/Compétences Canada to bring the world to the 2016 meeting of WorldSkills General Assembly. Niagara Falls will offer Delegates a world class meeting venue, as well as an opportunity to tap into top industry, education and government leaders and experts from across North America.”

2014 WorldSkills Leaders Forum in Winterthur
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

wsi-1832.jpgTuesday 16 September 2014, WorldSkills Delegates made the journey to Winterthur, Switzerland to attend the WorldSkills Leaders Forum which was part of a larger conference programme called the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training.

"The pairing of the WorldSkills Leaders Forum and the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education was a great success with the opportunity for Members of WorldSkills to hear a series of presentations about the current state of play in VET worldwide. It also allowed for the parallel opportunity for countries who are not Members of WorldSkills to hear about the opportunities and benefits should they wish to join," said Simon Bartley when asked about his experience in Winterthur.


WorldSkills International selects 2015-2019 Board of Directors
Monday, 15 September 2014

ws_bod_201409.jpgOn 15 September 2014, the new WorldSkills International Board of Directors for 2015-2019 was selected during the WorldSkills General Assembly in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland.

“I am humbled by the confidence shown in me by the Delegates of WorldSkills. I put it down not to my performance but to the performance of the full Board and Secretariat over the past three years.” says Simon Bartley, President of WorldSkills. “I look forward to building on the momentum with the team to raise the profile of the economic power of skills on a global scale.”

In the year leading up to the new Board taking office, there is much work to be done by the existing Board including WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 and its accompanying Conference Programme. These events, along with ensuring the strategic plan objectives are being met, will give the new Board a clear direction of the future of WorldSkills by the time 2015 arrives.

Brazilian National Competition arrives in Belo Horizonte
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

From 3 to 6 September the Olimpíada de Conhecimento was held, the Brazilian National Competition, in which local Competitors compete for a chance to represent Brazil at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

During the four days of the Competition, more than 300,000 visitors passed through Expominas in Belo Horizonte, to get a close look at the talents of about 800 Competitors, competing in 58 skills in the construction, manufacturing, creative, information technology, transportation, service and agricultural sectors.

WorldSkills General Assembly 2014
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

ga2014_logo.pngThe WorldSkills General Assembly (GA) 2014 is set to take place in beautiful Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, 13-19 September 2014. The Swiss Museum of Transport is the unique venue for the General Assembly Meetings.

The GA2014 is a global platform for structured plenary meetings, working groups and important networking opportunities. The GA meeting schedule includes the meetings of WorldSkills’ Technical and Strategy Committees, the 2014 Leaders Forum, and the 2014 WorldSkills Champions Forum.

The programme as a whole for the GA2014 is a seamless blend of strategic development for WorldSkills and a showcasing of the world renowned skills excellence demonstrated among Swiss professionals. For more information on the WorldSkills General Assembly 2014, visit


WorldSkills Australia prepares for National Competition
Friday, 05 September 2014

The 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition – ‘The Ultimate Skills Challenge’, is almost here. This year, the country’s largest and most prestigious skill and trade competition will return to the city of Perth, marking 25 years since first hosting the event.

The National Competition, being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre between the 18th and 20th of September, will showcase 500 of Australia’s best trainees, apprentices and students for three days of exciting competition.

This unique event will provide these young professionals with the opportunity to benchmark their skills against their peers in 50 specialised competition categories, ranging from the traditional trades such as Hairdressing and Automotive Mechanics to the more contemporary professions of Web Design and Mechatronics.

WorldSkills International welcomes Stanley Black & Decker
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Stanley Black & Decker, a globally recognized provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, has signed on as a Global Premium Partner of WorldSkills International.

“Stanley Black & Decker is proud to support WorldSkills as a Global Premium Partner. We believe the WorldSkills organization is encouraging growth in high-value vocational trades and preparing our future global workforce in a way that no other organization today is equipped to do, and we look forward to continued support of WorldSkills and its competitor teams in the future.” – John F. Lundgren, Chairman and CEO, Stanley Black & Decker.

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.

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