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WorldSkills Update 04.08.2009

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Editorial: By Christine Scoot, Marketing & Project Coordinator, WSI

Welcome to the WorldSkills International Update. The WorldSkills International Update is one of the many informational and promotional tools that we use to inform Members, partners, volunteers and the general public about the latest activities and initiatives happening throughout the world as part of the WorldSkills organisation.

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Countdown to WorldSkills Calgary 2009

WorldSkills Calgary Lived the Stampede Life

By WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd

The WorldSkills Calgary 2009 team celebrated the 10-day
Calgary Stampede in full-force this year, showcasing the global
skills movement that will continue at the Competition in Calgary
September 1 - 7.

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 spokesperson and Canada's 'Most Trust Contractor' Mike Holmes kicked things off on July 3. He had the prestigious honour of leading the Stampede Parade as Parade Marshal along with eight local members of Team Canada: Daniel Reid (Cochrane), Devon DeBoer (Calgary), Craig Spady (Red Deer), Steven Dingwall (Calgary), Tiffany Vandermey (Calgary), Daniel Green (Drumheller), Matthew Chadder (Millarville) and Brad Chyz (Calgary).

Platinum Sponsor, Building Trades of Alberta, collaborated with WorldSkills Calgary 2009 on their Stampede Parade float, promoting both the Competition and the importance of building trades in Alberta. Members from both organizations walked the 5 km parade route, showcasing the award-winning float to 350,000 spectators lining the route and an estimated national television audience of over 1 million.

Food Network celebrity chef and WorldSkills Calgary 2009 spokesperson David Adjey also promoted the Competition at the Stampede. He shared his expertise at the ATCO Kitchen event on July 11 and 12, drawing the largest crowd to the 80 different kitchen presentations. Adjey says engaging students to find their passion at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 makes his work immensely gratifying.

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WorldSkills Calgary Lived the Stampede Life


Bringing Calgary’s successes to London

By Jennifer Hilliker, Communications Coordinator,
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd.

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 President and CEO Richard Walker wanted to make this event mean more than just a week in Calgary in September.

Every step of the way, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will help the next host country, London, United Kingdom, develop their plans for 2011.

“It’s part of our legacy,” Walker said. “From the moment we put forth the bid in 2004, we knew we wanted to help make WorldSkills International a better organization, and helping the next host country is a part of that. We made available our entire sponsorship program so we could coordinate rather than compete with corporate sponsors. We also sent a complete copy of our global budget, developed by Dr. Sibylla Lane, so they knew what costs they would be in for.”

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Bringing Calgary’s successes to London


Calgary Economic Development: Connecting you to business

Interested in maximizing the business value of your visit to the WorldSkills Competition in Calgary? The city’s lead economic development agency is available to assist incoming business and government delegations with connections to businesses operating in this dynamic and innovative city.

Whether you are interested in a plant tour, introductions to prospective partners and trade opportunities or local market information, Calgary Economic Development’s dedicated team of business development managers can assist.

We focus on supporting and growing key sectors of the city’s economy including: Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, Film & Creative Industries, Financial Services, Real Estate and Sustainable & Renewable Energy. We’re also actively developing a Global Business Centre (slated for November opening) which will serve as a “landing pad” for visiting businesses and incoming delegations.

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Calgary Economic Development: Connecting you to business


42nd WorldSkills Competition – where will it be?

France hosts Board Validation Team visit for
WorldSkills Paris 2013

By WorldSkills France

WorldSkills France had the pleasure of hosting in Paris a WorldSkills International Board Validation Team consisting of Tjerk Dusseldorp and Liam Corcoran, respectively President of WorldSkills International and Chair of the Technical Committee. The Board Validation Team was in town to look into the feasibility of organizing the 2013 WorldSkills Competition in Paris.

During the visit, Tjerk and Liam met with government officials at the Elysée Palace (the residence of the President of the French Republic), with representatives of France’s biggest regional entity, the Region Île-de-France and with all the representatives of French professional branches and local sponsors.

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France hosts Board Validation Team visit for WorldSkills Paris 2013


Germany hosts Board Validation Team visit for
WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

By SkillsGermany

As a committed Member of the WorldSkills movement since 1953, Germany has supported the Competition for nearly 50 years. Germany’s decentralized structure has allowed SkillsGermany to run major fairs and educational events throughout Germany. These high-tech service-oriented events – such as AMB, Didacta, Hanover Fair, or Ligna – have enjoyed great public support and media coverage.

In keeping with the philosophy of Germany’s ‘Dual System’ of Vocational Education and Training – a combination of on-the-job or in-company training and part-time vocational school training – educational institutions and industry have worked together to fully integrate WorldSkills Competitions into the vocational educational system.

After holding the WorldSkills Competition in Munich in 1973, Germany is now bidding to host WorldSkills 2013 in Leipzig, Saxony. SkillsGermany extends a cordial invitation to Competitors, Experts and all involved in the WorldSkills movement to come and enjoy WorldSkills 2013 in a modern venue in the culture-rich and economic heart of Europe.

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WorldSkills Board Pays Host Validation Visit to Leipzig



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utilisation of and other WorldSkills related websites.

A World of Connections

WorldSkills International (WSI) has launched a new free social networking website called WorldSkills Connect. Individuals, groups and organisations that are focused on shaping the future of skilled trades and technologies can now use the collective network of WSI and the features of social media technology to achieve their goals.

The WorldSkills Connect website offers many easy to use features that will help you to grow and communicate with your network. Registration is quick and easy and the information you supply helps create your profile. Once registered you can add to your profile and the more information you include the more connections you will be able to make.

Many WorldSkills supporters are already using Connect so
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WorldSkills TV – Spread the word!

With less than 30 days to go before the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Canada the talk about the WorldSkills movement is becoming more intense.

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 and WorldSkills International are giving you the opportunity to tune into WorldSkills TV and get an instant video update from the Competition site and the events surrounding it. But wait there is more; besides being able to stream the videos you can also embed them onto your own website and register your friends and network to receive videos every day during the Competition.

See how WorldSkills New Zealand are using this tool: and register here to ensure you don't
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WorldSkills TV – Spread the word!


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