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WorldSkills Update 7 December 2012

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Message from David Hoey

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit
” - Aristotle

Over the last month, examples of excellence have been seen from all around the world. Two of the WorldSkills regional Competitions, WorldSkills Americas and WorldSkills ASEAN have successfully taken place alongside many of the national skills competitions and hundreds of young people across the globe have been recognized for their excellent performance.

Without question each one of the winners at any of these skills competitions will have put in a great deal of effort and practiced their skills many times over before receiving their accolades. Those young people who have already been selected to take part in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 will be honing their skills - each with the hope of bringing home a medal in July next year. The excellence they display will impress, inspire and motivate many more people.

However, exactly the same recognition goes to everyone who competes and mentors, supports and trains all participating Competitors. The quantity and quality of participation drives all aspects of the skill competition process and benefits forward and upward.

Standards are constantly rising and competition gets tougher. Winning a medal in any competition requires repeated effort, dedication and commitment. Congratulations to all the winners this year – excellence is not an act, but a habit.

David Hoey, CEO, WorldSkills International

Lincoln Electric
Saint Gobain Gyproc


WorldSkills International President attends WorldSkills ASEAN Competition

Indonesia pulled out all the stops for the ninth WorldSkills ASEAN Competition held in Jakarta 12-19 November. A total of 252 Competitors from nine countries participated in 22 skills and one demonstration skill.

The first WorldSkills ASEAN Competition took place in Malaysia in 1995. Since then the Competition has taken place every 2 years with a growing number of skill areas featured at each event. The objectives of the WorldSkills ASEAN Competition include promoting and strengthening solidarity and faster technical cooperation in vocational/technical education and training between Member countries.

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Legacy event for WorldSkills London 2011 a resounding success

Just over a year after the United Kingdom welcomed the world to WorldSkills London 2011, Birmingham has played host to over 70,000 visitors at The Skills Show, the first UK annual celebration of skills excellence.

During the three days of The Skills Show (15–17 November), over 500 people took part in 61 WorldSkills UK National competitions ranging from Aeronautical Engineering through to Landscape Gardening. The Competitors secured a place in the WorldSkills UK Competitions after competing in regional heats throughout the UK earlier this year. The Competitors battled it out to win Gold, Silver and Bronze and ultimately be named the ‘best of the best’ in the UK at their chosen skill.

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  The Skills Show


Eight of the Austrian National finals brought together

The Salzburg Exhibition Centre was the setting for the eighth Austrian National Skills Competition finals held from 22–25 November 2012.

A total of 91 Competitors hoping to win a place to represent Austria in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and EuroSkills Lille 2014 battled it out over three days of intensive competition. The event covered eight skills: Electrical Installations, Mechanical Engineering Design CAD, IT Networking and Systems Administration, Painting and Decorating, Bricklaying, Industrial Control, Wall and Floor Tiling and Mechatronics.

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Skills Austria



42nd WorldSkills France National Competition an outstanding success

Over 800 young hopefuls took part in the 42nd WorldSkills France National Skills Competitions held in Clermont-Ferrand in the region of Auvergne.

Watched by over 70,000 onlookers, the Competitors battled it out in 50 skill areas to win their chance of a place at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. Representing 24 regions from across France, the young professionals were recognized for their efforts at an action packed Closing Ceremony held on Saturday 24 November.

The Competition which took place over three days was visited by a number of high profile visitors including Mr Thierry Repentin, Minister in charge of Apprenticeship, and Mr Benoit Hamon, Junior Minister for Social Economy.

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WorldSkills France



Iran celebrate 13th National Skills Competition

The 13th National Skills Competition in Iran has successfully taken place at the city, provincial and national levels. Almost 261,400 Competitors competed at the city level in June 2012 with the top young people advancing to the provincial level which was held in July 2012, in which 8,565 Competitors participated in almost 30 skills.
A total of 693 winners at provincial level competed at the National Competitions which were held from 3-11 October 2012 at the Vocational Researchers and Training Education Centre and Tehran and Alborz General Province Department.

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Great success for the Nationals in Norway!

Norway hosted their National Skills Competition at the end of October. The event was a great success with 280 Competitors in 30 different skills, spanning 24,000 m2. It was a three day event which saw more than 25,000 people visit the competitions, most of them aged between 15–17 years. The event was staged at Norway´s biggest exhibition venue just outside Oslo.

Three Ministers visited the event; the Minister of Education, the Minister of Trade and Industry and the Minister of Health and Care Services. They were all very impressed by the young, skilled Competitors. The Minister of Education, Mrs. Kristin Halvorsen, opened and closed the event. At the Closing Ceremony she announced that Norway wants to bid for EuroSkills in 2018.

The Board of WorldSkills Norway is of course very happy with this, but needs to ensure there is guaranteed funding before the work with the application can take place.





Inaugural WorldSkills Trinidad and Tobago Competition 2012

Trinidad and Tobago, the 61st Member of WorldSkills International, held its inaugural National Competition during the period 4-20 October 2012 in Automobile Technology, Commercial Food Preparation, Restaurant Service, IT Network Systems Administration, Fashion Technology, Graphic Design, Hairdressing, Web Design, Electrical Installation, Wall and Floor Tiling and Joinery.

The Competition proved to be a fantastic and rewarding experience in terms of showcasing the innovation and creativity of talented young Competitors as they displayed their knowledge and understanding in the various skill areas. It was an excellent avenue for WorldSkills Trinidad and Tobago (WSTT) to raise the awareness of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Trinidad and Tobago as an attractive career opportunity which will in turn contribute directly to national productivity and an improved economy.

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Trinidad and Tobago



Warm welcome to Kuwait  

Kuwait is the latest country to join WorldSkills International (WSI) and we extend them a warm welcome from the WorldSkills family.

President of WorldSkills International, Simon Bartley commented on how pleased he was to see a new Member from the Middle East. He said:

“We are delighted to welcome Kuwait to WorldSkills and look forward to their participation in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. Increasing the diverse spread of countries and regions to WorldSkills is a key objective in our Action Plan 2012-2015 and it is encouraging to see our membership grow from different parts of the world.”

Kuwait’s membership takes the total number of WorldSkills International Members to 64.





Leipzig - a city not to be missed

“Leipzig is the new Berlin” wrote Der Spiegel’s online edition recently. Once the industrial center of Eastern Germany, Leipzig now attracts artists and the creative class with both its inexpensive rent and vibrant atmosphere. The Saxon metropolis has a diverse cultural scene. Leipzig delights lovers of classical music with the choir of St Thomas’s, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Bach Festival. For those who prefer something more modern there is the Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival, the cool TH!NK? open air festival and great concerts featuring international stars. For art lovers from all over the world Leipzig has long been the city that sets tomorrow’s trends.

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New WorldSkills Learning Community launched

With the membership of WorldSkills International spread across the globe, finding ways to connect, share information and support learning for people involved with Competition delivery can be tricky. This is, however, the age where we can do virtually anything… well… virtually! WorldSkills International (WSI) embraces innovation and adopts evolving technologies, and as a result, we have unveiled our latest in Member outreach. All WSI Learning Resources can now be found online, complete with information, guides, scenario learning and everyone's favourite… tests and quizzes!

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Recognize your mentor or role model!

WorldSkills International would like to recognize all the amazing volunteers, supporters, role models and mentors helping promote excellence around the world. We want to dedicate one day to a person that has made a difference in your life. Our goal is to have a different person to honour every day for a month in 2013. Please send your nominations to by January 15, 2013. Ensure that you include a short story or background piece on how that persons has impacted your life as well as a few photos.

Without all these dedicated volunteers WorldSkills wouldn’t exist, so let’s all work together and give a little something back. Tell them you appreciate what they do and help us recognize their outstanding contributions. 





WorldSkills Russia hosts first Open Professional Skills Competition

WorldSkills Russia has held its first ever Open Professional Skills Competition in Moscow. From 20–22 November, several venues across the city saw over 400 Competitors between the ages of 18 and 23 compete in 15 skill areas ranging from Web Design and Joinery to Stonemasonry and IT System Administration.

In addition to the Competition, the first WorldSkills Russia General Assembly took place in the Sokolniki Congress and Exhibition Centre on 20 November. Attended by the Russian Federation's Minister for Education and Science, the Minister for Labour and Social Protection, and other ministers and executive officers of educational authorities, the meeting was followed by a press conference which WorldSkills Russia Supervisory Board members participated in.

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WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 officially signed

In a press conference & ceremony involving the Brazilian President (Ms Dilma Rousseff), the CNI* President (Mr Robson Andrade), and WorldSkills International President (Simon Bartley), the MOU/hosting agreement was signed for São Paulo hosting the 2015 Competition. This was a very important event and, apart from getting outstanding media coverage, it showed the total support from the Brazilian government and industry towards skills competitions and their relevance to developing the skilled workforce of Brazil. It also highlighted the importance and focus they place on hosting WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

We look forward to preparing for the 43th WorldSkills Competition.

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Five decades of WorldSkills expertise honoured

As part of WorldSkills Americas 2012, Brazil invited the Chairs of the WorldSkills Technical Committee from the last five decades to share in the festivities and excitement.

René Gonthier from Switzerland was Chair of the Technical Committee from 1979-1985. René's greatest legacy was identifying the problem that marks from all the skills could not be compared across the board and from Expert to Expert within each skill.

Zae Zung Kim from South Korea was Chair from 1985-1995. Kim used his competencis to keep the working standards of Experts and Technical Delegates at a high level. He would also challenge the Competition organizers to do the same.

Franz Schropp from Germany was Chair from 1995-2003. When asked about his most memorable moments he talks about all the friends and connections he has made around the world over twenty years of Competitions.

Liam Corcoran from Ireland was Chair from 2003-2011. Liam introduced the Quality Management System in Seoul 2001 with the full support of his colleagues. This model is built on five pillars of the WorldSkills Organisation: Integrity, Fairness, Innovation, Partnership and Transparency.

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Technical Chairs



Lula inspires the crowd: Get up, go to school, study and be the best!

WorldSkills Americas and the Brazil National Skills Competition kicked off with an energy packed Opening Ceremony. With over 1200 Competitors from 27 regions of Brazil and 24 countries present, it was electrifying. Teams were chanting, screaming and jumping around in anticipation. Guest speakers included Brazil's ex-President Lula and Brazilian extreme adventurer, Bernardo Fonseca who was the first Brazilian to win the Marathon Ice in Antarctica.

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President Lula



Launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week

On 6 November, Skills/Compétences Canada hosted the official launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2012, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, was in attendance and spoke about the importance of youth gaining the skills and experience needed to prepare for and succeed in the job market and how the Government is encouraging apprenticeships and careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

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