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WorldSkills Update 1 June 2011

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Editorial: By Michelle Bussey,
Communications and Marketing Director, WSI

It is now four months before the opening of the 41st WorldSkills Competition in London, United Kingdom. Around the world, the WorldSkills movement is in high gear. Countries and regions are busy selecting, training and preparing their final Competitors for the Competition. Many of the WorldSkills International (WSI) Members are busy hosting their nationals as you will see below.

There are so many WorldSkills alumni, supporters and stakeholders around the world, why not stay involved and volunteer at the Competition, London is busy recruiting as is WSI. Even if you can’t physically come to the Competition there are ways to be involved. Contact us for more information.

If you are an organisation looking to share your expertise or knowledge with a select group of leaders in government, education and industry, read on about the Global Skills Marketplace, it is an opportunity you’re looking for.

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Fluke Networks
Lincoln Electric
Saint Gobain Gyproc


Countdown to WorldSkills London 2011

Volunteer for WorldSkills London 2011

By Sally Eley, WorldSkills London 2011

As WorldSkills London 2011 approaches, sign up for a once in a lifetime chance to be part of the UK’s biggest ever global skills event!

With just over 4 months to go before London hosts the UK’s biggest ever showcase for vocational skills, opportunities for those living and working in and around London are mounting.

Taking place at ExCel London from 5-8 October, WorldSkills London 2011 will see almost 1000 young people from across the globe compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in skills as diverse as hairdressing and hospitality to floristry and graphic design.

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  Volunteer for WorldSkills London 2011


WorldSkills London 2011 takes Gold, Silver and Bronze
at Chelsea Flower Show

By WorldSkills London 2011

Judges at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show have awarded WorldSkills London 2011 a Silver-gilt medal for their ‘hands on’ educational exhibit “Showcasing Skills that Shape our World”, whilst WorldSkills competitors Joe Massie and Jessica Andrews scooped up the Young Florist of the Year Gold and Bronze respectively.

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WorldSkills London 2011 takes Gold, Silver and Bronze at Chelsea Flower Show



News from WorldSkills International

Global Skills Marketplace Call to Action –
Deadline for Proposals Extended!

By Michelle Turpin, WorldSkills International

The Global Skills Marketplace (GSM) will offer internationally themed seminars relating to skills development and training, skills policy and practice, emerging technologies, the new global workforce and international best practices. These sessions will allow participants to learn and share best practices, ask questions and network with others. The Global Skills Marketplace will be held on Friday 7 October 2011.

WorldSkills International and WorldSkills London 2011 invite all interested groups to complete the proposal form by 2 July 2011. A committee will review all proposals and will inform those chosen to present at the GSM by the middle-end of July 2011.GSM workshops will be 50 minute sessions, ideally 20-30 minutes of presenting followed by interactive discussions on the topic. Please consider sharing your stories with the wider WorldSkills community.

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  Global Skills Marketplace Call to Action


News from around the world

Finnish national competition was an international competition

By Skills Finland

Biggest audience ever in the Finnish national skills competition!

The Finnish national skills competition, Taitaja, took place in Kuopio
3-5 May 2011. The event attracted more visitors than ever: almost 67.000 people visited the competition during three days. All together over 400 students competed in the event.

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  Finnish national competition was an international competition


Luxskill Competition 2011

By Luxskill

Du 2 au 6 mai 2011, LUXSKILL a.s.b.l. organisait la 6ème édition des Concours Nationaux des Métiers et Professions «Luxskill» au sein d'un « Village des Métiers et Professions ». Les deux manifestations ont eut lieu au Centre national de formation professionnelle continue (CNFPC) à Esch-sur-Alzette, site Sommet, 22, rue Henri Koch.

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Luxskill Competition 2011



Portuguese National Skills Competition

By Departamento de Formação Profissional

The Azores were the scene of the Portuguese National Skills Championship, held in Ponta Delgada on the island of St. Miguel from 2-6 May 2011.

Approximately 500 people attended the event. 34 skilled professions were represented during the competition with around 180 young people between 18 and 25 years from all regions of the country.

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Portuguese National Skills Competition



Selecting Team Brazil for WorldSkills London 2011

By Roberto Knowles, SENAI

The Brazilian delegation which will compete at the 41st WorldSkills Competition in London, United Kingdom is beginning to take form. Starting Monday 23 May 2011, the national champions have been gathered in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia for an important selection process. During this phase, all 28 Competitors will undergo simulated tests in order to reach the required technical marks in each of their respective skills.

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Selecting Team Brazil for WorldSkills London 2011



A Grand Celebration of a Historic Event

By Karen Sum, ITE

Singapore’s Prime Minister opens new ITE College West to great fanfare.

It was a welcome befitting of a rock star. Three thousand students cheered and banged their clapper wildly when the man-of-the-moment arrived. He was none other than Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong.

On 18 April, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West Singapore was officially opened by PM Lee, who was the Guest-of-Honour for this historic event. Some 700 guests, including then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean, then Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, and then Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong, were invited to witness the event.

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A Grand Celebration of a Historic Event




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