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WorldSkills Update 25 October 2010

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Editorial: By WSI

The WorldSkills General Assembly and Youth Forum has come to a close. It was a very successful event and we would like to share our experiences with you. From the marketing campaigns produced by the third WorldSkills Youth Forum, to the engaging panellists of the WorldSkills Leaders Forum, to the exciting voting process for the new Board of Directors during the General Assembly, there is plenty to read about.

We would also like to take a moment to welcome our newest additions to the WorldSkills family. Our 53rd Member is China and our 9th Global Industry Partner is Lincoln Electric. As WorldSkills International continues to grow and reach new corners of the world, it is time to advance the movement and launch the future of the organisation. We are at a pivotal point in the organisation and the upcoming months and years will slingshot WorldSkills onto the world stage as never before.

We would like to thank WorldSkills Jamaica for hosting us in their beautiful capital Kingston. We have met nothing but smiles and kindness during out time here, congratulations on hosting a fabulous General Assembly.

Fluke Networks
Lincoln Electric
Saint Gobain Gyproc




Information, Innovation and Celebration –
WorldSkills General Assembly 2010


By Michelle Turpin, WSPE Coordinator

Official and Technical Delegates representing Member countries/regions around the world convened for a week of activities in Kingston, Jamaica from October 3-10, 2010. The WorldSkills General Assembly meets once annually to review all technical aspects of WorldSkills Competitions and strategise ways that will advance the skills movement worldwide. Along with the meetings, a celebration of young people took place at the 4th WorldSkills Jamaica National Competition.

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Youth Forum campaigns WorldSkills International

By Christine Scoot, Marketing and Project Coordinator, WSI

After 4 days of intense workshops and a few cultural excursions, the WorldSkills Youth Forum (WSYF) finally got to take the stage at the WorldSkills General Assembly (GA).

In front of WSI’s Member countries/regions, they presented 6 campaign videos including some very strong taglines, followed by suggestions on how to introduce them to the world.

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Meet Steve and Steph - they have skills, do you?

By Steve, WorldSkills International

Let me introduce myself, my name is Steve. I am spreading the word about WorldSkills far and wide by visiting meetings, events and competitions around the world.

I love to connect with all my friends and fellow WorldSkills Champions, Ambassadors and supporters, you can find me on Facebook and keep track of what I am doing and where I am heading next. If you would like me to be a part of your event, send me an email at and I'll see if I can fit you in. 

I would also like to introduce my new friend Steph. We met at a recent WorldSkills event and like me she has a great story and a passion for WorldSkills. She is also on Facebook and would love to meet you all. Maybe we can both come to your event and help promote skills. 

I hear that President Tjerk Dusseldorp is racing to get 1,000 friends on Facebook. Steph and I would love to beat him! Help us get there first and spread the word about WordSkills.

Find out more about Steve & Steph




Reach for your full potential at the WorldSkills Leaders Forum

By Michelle Turpin, WSPE Coordinator

The WorldSkills Leaders Forum (WSLF) welcomed many passionate speakers to share their views on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET): Implications for Sustainable Development during the WSLF in Kingston, Jamaica on October 6, 2010. From the talented performers, the presenters, the keynote presentation and the panel discussions, one realises that several common themes connect everyone who is part of the global skills movement. Themes of transformation, innovation, the belief in youth and the celebration of excellence help guide all countries/regions that are Members of WorldSkills International.

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Board of Directors Elect

By Michelle Bussey, Communications and Marketing Director, WSI

After six weeks of intense campaigning, the WorldSkills International General Assembly (GA) began the rigorous election process. The vote for President went to a second vote as there was not a clear majority among the 3 candidates. In an unprecedented occurrence, there was then two tied elections! The GA postponed the election process until the next day to enable the two candidates to further dialog with delegates. On Friday, October 8th, 2010, the GA reconvened and began the voting process again. This time there was a clear majority for the President and then all remaining positions were filled.

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Celebrating WSI's 60th anniversary


Happy 60th Anniversary WorldSkills! Following the work of the week, Delegates donned their dinner best and joined together to celebrate the successful week of meetings, the 60th Anniversary of WorldSkills International and to offer thanks to the hosts, WorldSkills Jamaica. The Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding addressed the crowd of over 300 with inspirational words acknowledging the need to continue to support vocational and educational training for youth in Jamaica and in the wider global village. Awards acknowledging Spain as the founding Member of WorldSkills International 60 years ago and Portugal celebrating its 60th anniversary were presented.To honour WSI's 60th Anniversary, SENAI produced beautiful artwork of the world to demonstrate WSI's global reach.

60th anniversary book launched
Our Brazilian Member, SENAI added to the celebration by collating a 60th anniversary book covering 60 years of WorldSkills events and activities.

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Welcome Lincoln Electric

By Carl Peters, Director of Training, Lincoln Electric

Who is Lincoln Electric?
The Lincoln Electric Company, founded in 1895, is the global leader in the manufacturing of welding machines and welding consumables. Their corporate headquarters are in Cleveland, OH with manufacturing operations in 19 countries. Some important educational products besides welding machines and consumables include robotic welding, plasma cutting, oxy-fuel cutting, fume removal equipment and a virtual reality welding trainer.

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WSPE – New and Improved

By Michelle Turpin, WSPE Coordinator

Following feedback from the WorldSkills Premiere Experiences in Shizuoka and Calgary, WSI is happy to report that the WorldSkills Premiere Experience (WSPE) 2011 will have a different delivery model. The WSPE will be accessible to a wide range of participants and will meet the needs of all leaders in skills organisations around the world. It will be sold as an ‘add-on’ to Observer packages offered by WorldSkills London 2011 and will allow participants to customise their experience at the event. It is the expectation that this ‘a la carte’ version of the WSPE will interest more people from more countries/regions and the participation numbers will be higher than those from the previous events.

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WorldSkills International welcomes China!

By Kath Pilcher, Logistic Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO, WorldSkills International

At our 2010 General Assembly in Kingston, Jamaica, WorldSkills International enthusiastically welcomed the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China as our 53rd Member.

In so doing, we welcomed approximately 19.5% of the World’s population to the WorldSkills movement.

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Tribute to a great Expert

By Troy Everett, Australia Bricklaying Expert

Steve Hornery was a long serving Expert and Chief Expert of the bricklaying category for over 12 years. During this time, he dedicated much of his effort to lifting the professionalism of the Bricklaying competitions he was involved with. There is no doubt Steve possessed outstanding knowledge about the skill of bricklaying and it strangely feels like a library has burnt down, but more than this he will be remembered for his friendship, fairness and integrity. At a level where there is much emphasis and effort that goes into striving for medals, he helped many realise we can compete hard but still maintain our decency and fairness, build rapports and grow great friendships.

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