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WorldSkills Update 13 July 2011

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By Michelle Bussey,
Communications and Marketing Director, WSI

We've got a lot of information to share with you in this issue of the WSI Update! There is so much going on around the world, within the WorldSkills London 2011 organising committee and WorldSkills International it can hardly fit in one update.

Find out about the WorldSkills Premiere Experience, WorldSkills Leaders Forum, the WSC2011 Official Media Website, the look and feel of WSC2011, the Global Skills Village, the WSC2011 medals, various team activities around the world and much more.

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Countdown to WorldSkills London 2011

Book your space at the WorldSkills London 2011 Global Skills Village!

By WorldSkills London 2011

WorldSkills London 2011 is delighted to announce that exhibition space at the WorldSkills London 2011 Global Skills Village is now available for Members to book at a discounted Member rate of £175 per square metre!

The layout of the Global Skills Village differs to previous Competitions and as such will be a dedicated area carefully located adjacent to the skill areas on the exhibition floor – which we hope will maximise visitors and enhance their overall experience of the Competition.

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  Global Skills Village


Media Accreditation Launch

By Sally Eley, WorldSkills London 2011

The final touches are being made to the media accreditation process for all UK based and international media planning to visit WorldSkills London 2011.

The simple process will ensure that all journalists are accredited appropriately and receive the relevant access to the Competition. Sitting as part of the Official Media Website, the one stop shop for information for the media, the media accreditation process will go live on Wednesday 13 July.

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Media Accreditation



WorldSkills London 2011 improved on its way

By Sally Eley, WorldSkills London 2011

An improved website is currently under construction which will be the main touchpoint by which visitors engage with WorldSkills London 2011. In addition to the new I AM branding, we will also be developing new functionality to enhance the event itself. For example interactive maps and schedules that are smartphone optimised and allow a visitor to build their own bespoke itinerary.

The new website will be launched in August!

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WorldSkills London 2011 improved



I AM... WorldSkills London 2011's creative theme is unveiled

By Sally Eley, WorldSkills London 2011

WorldSkills London 2011 has developed an exciting new creative theme which will wrap around all the pre-Competition marketing and be on display at the event itself.

The theme has been designed with a visitor to WorldSkills London 2011 at its heart, and focuses on bringing out the aspirations and self expression of those visiting the Competition as well as helping to explain and put into context, all that is happening at the event.

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I AM...



Register now for complimentary tickets to WorldSkills London 2011

By Sally Eley, WorldSkills London 2011

With just over three months to go before London hosts the world's biggest international skills Competition, schools, colleges and other training providers outside of the UK are being urged to register for complimentary tickets.

Taking place at ExCeL London from 5 - 8 October, WorldSkills London 2011 will see almost 1,000 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. 150,000 visitors are expected to attend the event and allocated visitor slots are running out fast so groups are being urged to confirm their attendance to avoid disappointment.

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Visit WorldSkills London 2011



WorldSkills Medal Designers Celebrate Success

By Sally Eley, WorldSkills London 2011

Two school students, 16 year old Arash Manshadi, from Middlesex and 13 year old Shivani Kava, from Ealing have won a UK wide competition to design the medals for this year's WorldSkills Competition.

Arash and Shivani's designs will be used to make over 150 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and 56 'Best of Nation' medals which will be presented at the spectacular Closing Ceremony at The O2 arena on 9 October 2011.

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Winning medal design



News from WorldSkills International

Update from WorldSkills International

By WorldSkills International

There are a lot of things to share with you from WorldSkills International, we have been busy creating new resources and improving existing resources. There are also some interesting statistics to share with you.

  • WorldSkills In the News
  • WSC2011 Official Media Website
  • WorldSkills Branding for new Members
  • WorldSkills London 2011 Registrations
  • WorldSkills Portal

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  WorldSkills International


Update on the WorldSkills Premiere Experience

By Michelle Turpin, WorldSkills International

WorldSkills Premiere Experience (WSPE) – Book early and save!

We are happy to announce that there will be an 'Early Bird Booking Bonus' for people who register in the WSPE conference and events programme by July 31, 2011.

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WorldSkills International



WorldSkills Leaders Forum update

By WorldSkills International

Our goal for the 2011 WorldSkills Leaders Forum (WSLF) is to bring to the stage several countries and international corporations that are making a difference in skills development and promotion. The WSLF is held in conjunction with the 41st WorldSkills Competition, the world's largest global skills promotion event bringing together some 57 countries/regions.

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WorldSkills Leaders Forum



Global Skills Marketplace update

By Michelle Turpin, WorldSkills International

A call to action was sent out to Members and stakeholders to submit proposals for GSM conference sessions and the response was overwhelming! The Global Skills Marketplace will be held on Friday, October 7 and will have many internationally themed seminars presented that will be a draw for leaders in business, industry, education, and government.

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Global Skills Marketplace



Lunch with WorldSkills Champions!

By Michelle Turpin, WorldSkills International

A reminder of why we are all doing what we are doing in the world of skills… meet some of the WorldSkills Champions - youth who have participated in WorldSkills Competitions of the past.
Enjoy hearing their stories, be inspired by what WorldSkills has done for them and find out what they are doing now. This Lunch with the Champions will be held on the day of the Closing Ceremony.

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WorldSkills Champion



Technical Working Group, June 2011

By Jane Stokie, Technical Director, WSI

Technical Delegates from four Member country/regions joined with the Competition Management Team and WorldSkills London 2011 at the Technical Working Group in June to discuss items related to executing a successful Competition in October.

The main objectives of the meeting included:

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Technical Working Group



News from around the world

The 2011 Skills Turkey National Competition

By Skills Turkey

The 2011 Skills Turkey National Competition was held on 26-28 May 2011 in Altınpark ANFA EXPO Center, Ankara in order to select our Competitors that will compete in the 41st WorldSkills Competitions in London on 5-8 October 2011. The Skills Turkey National Competition was organised in 8 skill areas with a total of 88 Competitors, 8 Chief Experts, 64 Experts, 47 Team Leaders and a lot of observers and visitors.

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  2011 Skills Turkey National Competition


The 17th Skills Canada National Competition

By Skills/Compétences Canada

The 17th Skills Canada National Competition was held at Expo Cité in Québec, Québec, 1-4 June. The event was a great success as over 15,000 attendees and 532 competitors were present for the two day competition.

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The 17th Skills Canada National Competition



Skills Netherlands change of identity

By Skills Netherlands

As the official Dutch representative of WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Europe, Skills Netherlands is developing and growing rapidly. This ‘evolution’ requires a new corporate identity, a new ‘look’. It is for this reason Skills Netherlands has chosen a new ‘look’, which is recognisable on an international level, and in line with the identities of WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Europe. With this new identity, comes a new corporate website:

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Skills Netherlands



Team Liechtenstein announced

By WorldSkills Liechtenstein

In knapp 130 Tagen ist es so weit. Liechtensteins Berufs-Nationalmannschaft kämpft bei den Weltmeisterschaften in London um Medaillen. Die sieben Kandidaten und ihre Experten trainieren seit einem Jahr intensiv für die bevorstehende Herausforderung. Im Tourismusbüro in Vaduz stellte sich das äusserst motivierte Team vor und präsentierte ihre Berufe. "Ich bin überzeugt, dass unsere Mannschaft in London eine sehr gute Leistung zeigen wird", betonte Moderator und Technischer Delegierter von worldskills Liechtenstein, Marco Frick. Alle Teilnehmer sind Spezialisten in ihren Fachgebieten. "Die worldskills Liechtenstein leistet einen wertvollen Beitrag zur Förderung der Fachkräfteausbildung auf höchstem Niveau", betonte die stellvertretende Leiterin Karin Meier vor dem zahlreich erschienenen Publikum und versammelter Presse.

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WorldSkills Liechtenstein



The Dutch team trains aboard

By Skills Netherlands

All Dutch candidates are involved in a professional training trajectory, in preparation of WorldSkills London 2011. Not only are they trained within Dutch borders, they also get great opportunities to head abroad, to catch a glimpse of international competition and rivalry. A total of twelve candidates have been heading abroad for the last month, Finland, Canada and Australia being their destinations.

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Dutch Team



Team Norway encourages the Minister

By WorldSkills Norway

Team Norway has just had their first gathering and met with the Norwegian Minister of Education, Mrs. Kristin Halvorsen. She was very enthusiastic about the Team and praised it to the sky!

"We are totally dependent of your skills and competence, without skilled, young people like you, our trade and industry will fail. We will focus strongly on vocational training and education for the future, and you, Team Norway, you are important role models and ambassadors in this strategy. I am proud of you, and you encourage me!"

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Team Norway




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