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WorldSkills Update 20 September 2012

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Message from David Hoey

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” - Colin Powell

Over the last three months, young people from around the world have been gearing up for, or taking part enthusiastically in their National Skills Competitions. Many of the Members will use these events to select their teams for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, which is now just 10 months away.

It is easy to overlook just how significant these events are to the Competitors, their teachers, trainers, supporters and employers and how much preparation, dedication and hard work is required along the way. Celebrating success and giving out medals is the easy part of the journey but it’s the effort that’s made in advance which makes the difference. Whether this is in relation to a country/region staging an exceptional event, a Competitor reaching first or second place or a trainer giving up an extra week to help someone prepare – the endeavour pays off.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate everyone who helps to make skills competitions possible and most importantly for all the hard work which will be put in by the Competitors and their support teams in the weeks, months and years ahead - all inspiring skills excellence.

David Hoey, CEO, WorldSkills International

Lincoln Electric
Saint Gobain Gyproc


Invitation to Singapore International Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Conference 2012

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is delighted to invite Members of WorldSkills International to the third Singapore International Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Conference 2012, which will be held in Singapore from 6-9 November 2012.

Funded by Temasek Foundation, and jointly organised by all the public-funded TVET institutions in Singapore, this Conference is targeted at TVET policy makers, leaders, principals, researchers and educationalists.

The conference will highlight Singapore's strategies for a responsive and sustainable TVET system that supports economic growth. The Singapore TVET institutions will share their experiences in the Conference and through visits to the ITE Colleges and Polytechnics. The Conference will be attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Coordinating Minister for National Security and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Renowned TVET thought-leaders and practitioners from Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States of America will be presenting papers and sharing ideas and best practices at the Conference. Mr Marc S. Tucker, President and CEO of the National Centre on Education and the Economy will be giving an opening keynote address at the Conference.

If you are interested in attending and for full details of the Singapore International Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Conference 2012, please contact:

  TVET 2012


Austrian pastry chef Champion makes TV debut

WorldSkills Champion Pastry Chef, Eveline Wild, has made her TV debut on Austrian national TV staring in ‘Frisch Gekocht’ (Fresh Cooked), a weekly cookery show starting on Thursday, 13 September.

Eveline won the Gold medal for Confectionary at the WorldSkills Competition held in Seoul in 2001 and since then her career has taken off in leaps and bounds. Starting out in a pastry shop/patisserie in 2001, Eveline went on to work as a ‘Chef Pastissier’ in two 5 star hotels before moving to Vienna to work in one of Austria’s most famous restaurants ‘Steirereck im Stadpark’. Since 2009, she has worked for her family run hotel ‘Wohlfuhlhotel Eder’ (Wellbeing Hotel Eder).

The Confectioner/Pastry Cook competition at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 is set to have the most Competitors yet, with over 20 initial registrations for this artistic and creative skill.

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  Eveline Wild


Former WSI President has a special award named after him

At the Australian National Skills Competition award ceremony WorldSkills Foundation President, and former President of WorldSkills International (1999-2011), Tjerk Dusseldorp has been honoured for his contribution to WorldSkills Australia over the past 30 years.

WorldSkills Australia has named their ‘Best in Nation’ award the ‘Tjerk Dusseldorp Best in Nation award’. This award is given to the Competitor at the Australian National Skills Competition that achieves the highest marks in all skill competitions. Tjerk was present to present the award to this year’s recipient, Richard Pascoe for the Cooking competition. Congratulations to both Richard and Tjerk.


Tjerk Dusseldorp



German Chancellor announced as Patron of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel has been announced as the Patron of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.

"We are delighted that Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel has accepted the patronage", said Dr Theodor Niehaus, President of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. "The patronage of the Chancellor will help significantly to make the WorldSkills Competition better known to the general public. Her patronage also stresses the importance of the event nationally and internationally, among the participating countries and among their WorldSkills Member organizations."


Chancellor Dr Angela MerkelPhoto:
CDU / Laurence Chaperon



Gender stereotypes challenged in Chinese Taipei’s National Skills Competition

Chinese Taipei’s 2012 National Skills Competition saw gender stereotypes challenged as the winners of the gold and silver medals in the Painting and Decorating skill were taken by female Competitors – a first for the Chinese Taipei National Skills Competition. In a traditionally female dominated skill area, the gold medal of the Flower Arranging competition was awarded to a male Competitor.

A total of 241 Competitors took part in 45 different skill competitions from Polymechinics and Plumbing to Jewellery and Hairdressing in the three day event. Following 18 hours of fierce and fair competition the event concluded with a closing ceremony hosted in CTC.

Vice President H.E. Wu Den-yih, on behalf of President Ma, Ying-Jeou extended his heartfelt congratulations and presented the awards to the winners of all skill competitions. Commenting on the Competitors achievements he said:

“All the Competitors put 100% into stretching their capabilities to the highest level and the standards we have seen at this competition have been very high. It is particularly pleasing to see the gender balance more equally distributed among skills, something which can only be good news for the future of our economy.”

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Chinese Taipei Nationals



Countdown to EuroSkills Spa-Francorchamps 2012

In less than two weeks, Belgium will host EuroSkills Spa-Francorchamps 2012, the third European Championship for manual, technical and technological skills. The Spa-Francorchamps racetrack will put on Europe’s largest skills competition from 4-6 October.

There will be 417 young Europeans from 25 countries competing against each other for three days in 44 skills which are finding it difficult to recruit staff, both in Belgium and in the rest of Europe. The competition will provide an exceptional window on technical and manual know-how and a space for mobilization and reflection on skills training.

The Competitions comprise 44 skills in six major sectors:

  • Creative Arts and Fashion
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
  • Construction and Building
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Social, Personal and Hospitality Services

In these 44 skills different competition models are developed to simulate the real work environment. Besides the well-known individual competitions, there are also “One Trade Competitions” with more than one competitor and “Multi Trade Competitions”, where more skills are combined in a competition. For example the “Cross Media Publishing” competition will see a Web designer, a Graphic Designer and a Print Technician working together. More than half of the competitions are developed using this competition model.

Three new skills have been added to EuroSkills 2012; Entrepreneurship, Floor Laying and Agricultural Mechanics. These skills are a real asset for EuroSkills 2012 as they give a good reflection of the European needs and developments.





IAPMO Group becomes a Global Partner of the WorldSkills Foundation

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Group
has become the sixth
Global Founding Partner of

IAPMO has a long history of supporting WorldSkills and Group Chairman, Russ Chaney, said he was delighted that the organisation had signed up to support the Foundation: "This is a major opportunity for the IAPMO Group to be recognized as a leader worldwide in education and training of our profession and in support of others in related professions."

The WorldSkills Foundation was established in 2011 and aims to bring together and mobilize people, organizations and communities who have a common interest in skills.





Skills Canada participates in the APEC Youth Skills Camp 

Skills/Compétences Canada participated in the APEC Youth Skills Camp, 9-19 August 2012 in China.

Canada was one of 17 economies represented and 5 of the 100 delegates participating in the cultural exchange. The camp participated in youth forums, factory visits with question and answer periods, skills demonstrations such as clay teapot making, embroidery, and 2D/3D movie animation. There was also a regional skills competition in Wuxi where local youth participated in Electrical Installation, CNC lathe, Sewage Treatment and 2D/3D Animation.

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Skills Canada in China



Technical Working Group update

A Technical Working Group meeting was held recently in Leipzig, Germany. With eight Technical Delegates and several observers, important topics were discussed around the preparation for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 (WSC2013) and the WorldSkills International Action Plan 2012-2015. The major topics covered were sustainability, Pilot Projects, Competition Rules, processes for WSC2013, professional development for the Experts, selection of skill competitions, and WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 technical progress.

On the final day of the meeting nine Experts joined the group to focus on improvements to the Skill Competencies Specifications in the Technical Descriptions for the skills competitions. During this part of the meeting, the participants dove into the details of describing the core of a skill, setting standards, quality control and evaluations.
Thank you to all that participated and we are looking forward to the best WorldSkills Competition ever!


Technical Working Group




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