WorldSkills has built a movement that is changing the lives of young people through skills. Our 81 Member organizations reach two-thirds of the world’s population and create measurable impact at every level.
They build the confidence of millions of young people, empowering communities and fueling economies.
WorldSkills is a movement of change.
Jos de Goey
Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Chair of the Strategic Development Committee
Vice President for Competitions and Chair of the Competitions Committee
Vice President for Special Affairs
Vice Chair of the Strategic Development Committee
Dr Michael K K Fung
Vice Chair of the Competitions Committee
Improving our world with the power of skills.
To raise the profile and recognition of skilled people, and show how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success.
The global hub for skills excellence and development.
Our strategic plan for improving the world with the power of skills (PDF, 3.8MB).
WorldSkills rose out of the ruins of the Second World War, which devastated the economies of Europe and created a huge skills shortage that threatened a new economic depression.
Some took this challenge as an opportunity to introduce young people to the world of vocational skills. Francisco Albert Vidal was charged with creating a skills contest for the youth of Spain and Portugal. Madrid 1950 was a modest event by today’s standards but an international movement was born.
The competition grew rapidly. Young people from Germany, Great Britain, France, Morocco and Switzerland answered the call, with two competitors travelling to Spain unannounced and at their own expense.
The competition moved abroad for the first time, to Brussels in Belgium. It was the start of the WorldSkills movement expanding across the globe.
By the end of the 1960s, international competitions had been held in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Then came the biggest leap so far with Tokyo as the host city for 1970. By the end of the 1980s, Atlanta in the USA, Sydney in Australia, Seoul in Korea, and Chinese Taipei had all welcomed what was becoming the world’s greatest international vocational skills event.
WorldSkills Shizouka 2007 introduced One School One Country, now a staple of competition, in which pupils are introduced to vocational skills and the diverse cultures of the WorldSkills family by pairing each competition team with a local school in the host country.
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 saw the biggest competition to date, with 850 young people taking part from 47 countries. Just a year later, the WorldSkills movement broke though the 50 country target, with 53 members.
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 took the competition to the Middle East for the first time, and introduced the International TVET Youth Forum where participants worked to create a Youth Declaration on the future of skills and training.
The Competition moves from Kazan, Russia and then to Shanghai, China, but the WorldSkills movement has become much more than an international competition. The organisation is helping young people around the world change their lives through vocational skills.
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The WorldSkills General Assembly (GA) is held every two years between the WorldSkills Competition.
The GA meeting schedule includes the meetings of WorldSkills International's Competition and Strategy Committees (comprised of the Technical and Official Delegates respectively, representing each WorldSkills Member Country/Region), along with the WorldSkills International General Assembly.
Constitution of WorldSkills International.
Governing procedures for WorldSkills International.
The Competition Rules define the resolutions and rules for the organization and execution of the WorldSkills Competition incorporating all skill competitions. They are updated by the Competitions Committee and are ratified by the General Assembly.
Code of Ethics and Conduct
This code of ethics and conduct acts as a guide to behaviour and decision-making in accordance with WorldSkills International’s values and ethical standards.