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WorldSkills Update 13 February 2013

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Message from David Hoey

A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” - Barack Obama

Competition Preparation Week (CPW) is a key milestone in the WorldSkills calendar and it is a testament to all the hard work, commitment and dedication of our Skill Management Teams (SMTs) and our German hosts that the week passed so successfully. By working together during CPW, Technical Delegates, Technical Delegate Assistants, Chief and Deputy Chief Experts and Workshop Supervisors have made significant advances in working through the detailed planning needed to make WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 successful. Thank you to everyone involved for making this possible.

Having the main stakeholders of the Competition in the same place over a number of days enabled us to focus on what needs to be done between now and the Competition. The complexities of such a large event require consideration and discussion and as our SMTs negotiated and navigated through this process ‘unknowns’ were turned into ‘knowns’.

Ensuring our German hosts received the support and clarity required to get as many questions as possible answered during the week was one of the most important outcomes from CPW. Having the right people together to work through and finalize issues has prepared us for the detailed operational execution which needs to take place as we count down to the Competition. For each WorldSkills Competition there is a dual focus on ensuring all the practical ‘must have’ requirements are met as well as the additional elements which add value to the event as a whole and keep it constantly evolving and improving.

In seeking to change perceptions so there is a worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and personal fulfilment, ordinary people are working together to make this happen. I have no doubt that WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 will be an extraordinary event.

David Hoey, CEO, WorldSkills International

Lincoln Electric
Saint Gobain Gyproc


Competition Preparation Week a resounding success

Stefan Praschl (interim) Chair of the Technical Committee wrapped up Competition Preparation Week (CPW) by thanking all the delegates for their contribution to making the week a resounding success. He extended his thanks to the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 (WSL2013) team for organizing a superb event.

Chief Experts, Deputy Chief Experts, Workshop Supervisors, Technical Delegates and Technical Delegate Assistants eventually left Leipzig after the four day event despite the adverse weather causing delays to many flights.

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New Vice Chair of the Technical Committee

Dr Michael Fung, Hong Kong, China, Technical Delegate, has been elected as (interim) Vice Chair of the Technical Committee by members of the WorldSkills International Technical Committee during Competition Preparation Week in Leipzig, Germany.

With over 18 years of experience working with WorldSkills, Dr Fung has held many roles ranging from being an Expert in Fashion Technology in 1996 to most recently becoming the Technical Delegate for Hong Kong in 2005 and he has been an active Member of the Technical Committee ever since. In addition, Dr Fung led the organization for the WorldSkills General Assembly which was hosted in Hong Kong in 2004.

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  Michael Fung


Continuing improvements being made to WorldSkills standards specifications.

In our skills competitions we have a unique asset.

With the pace of economic global change it is imperative that we harmonize and enhance this asset in order to position WorldSkills as the "go to" place to observe and learn from global best practice in technical and vocational standards and performance.

Over the last six months an assessment and standards project has addressed three key action goals related to Technical Descriptions, Test Projects and assessment practices. Through a series of consultation workshops consensus has been reached on the nature of the WorldSkills Standards Specification from which best practice in skills competition can be derived, in association with leading global industry and business.

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Sponsors' Forum - A first during CPW

Committed sponsors and those considering supporting WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 were updated on plans for the event and had the chance to meet each other when they attended a Sponsors' Forum in Leipzig held to coincide with Competition Preparation Week.

Participants at the event which included representatives from WorldSkills International's Global Industry Partners and event sponsors received an update on the floor plan, learned about developments in marketing, branding and signage and also had the opportunity to visit the Leipziger Messe, where the Competition will take place in less than five months.

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  Sponsor Forum


Spread the word! Over 40 FREE software applications for students from Autodesk!

As valued members of the WorldSkills movement our Global Industry Partner Autodesk has opened its doors to you for FREE software!

Make what's next! Students now have the opportunity to learn using Autodesk Software for FREE. There are over 40 applications available to help students of all ages improve skills spanning, architecture, building, construction, manufacturing, and media and entertainment.

Spread the word! Tell your friends. Banner ads have been designed for you to download and post on your Facebook pages, university, vocational, high school, junior high and elementary school websites.

Downloads: Banner ads to spread the word

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One School One Country - pupils excitedly prepare to meet their partner countries

Students from schools in and around Leipzig met Delegates from the countries/regions they were paired up with in the One School One Country initiative when they came to a special event during Competition Preparation Week.

Students and staff introduced their schools at the event and talked about the excitement they felt about being involved in the programme which encourages young people to learn about different cultures and countries from around the world.

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Improving the sustainability of the WorldSkills Competition

As the WorldSkills Competition grows, the need to ensure that all aspects of the event are as sustainable as possible increases.

There is a bigger impact on the environment and a requirement for all aspects of the event to be planned for and executed in the right way to ensure maximum sustainability with minimum waste. To collect as many ideas as possible for making improvements in this area, Experts have been asked to submit their ideas onto an online forum as they prepare for the Competition.

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City of Leipzig puts its support fully behind the Competition 

Establishing a close relationship with the host city is a key objective for the organizers of all WorldSkills Competitions and WorldSkills International and helps to ensure the event is a success for the host city, WorldSkills and its visitors.

President of WorldSkills International, Simon Bartley, praised the support received from the city of Leipzig, the state of Saxony and the Federal Government.

"We are enormously grateful to Leipzig and the region for their help and the positive attitude they have shown towards us. Transport presents us with a significant issue in moving Experts, Competitors and visitors around the city and Leipzig have been very constructive in planning early for the necessary adjustments which need to be made to the local infrastructure to ensure there is adequate provision for everyone concerned. The logistical support we have received from Leipzig since the start of 2013 is testament to the commitment the city has to making sure WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 is a resounding success from a practical perspective."

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Quality and excellence in vocational education -
City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development

City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development's latest research report is now available: How to teach vocational education: A theory of vocational pedagogy, by Professor Bill Lucas, Dr Ellen Spencer and Professor Guy Claxton from the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester.

A copy of the report is available here:

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  Skills Development


WorldSkills Liechtenstein magazine

WorldSkills Liechtenstein has produced the first issue in 2013 of the new promotional magazine all about its WorldSkills activity.

Featuring articles about the team who will compete in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and information about the Expert who participated in WorldSkills Americas, the magazine gives their participating companies, supporters and sponsors a platform and is part of the new promotion for WorldSkills in Liechtenstein, which was launched in 2011.

For an electronic copy of the magazine, please contact:

  WorldSkills Liechtenstein


National Skills Development Corporation launches a newsletter

The National Skills Development Corporation is the WorldSkills International Member organization in India. They have just launched a dedicated newsletter on WorldSkills related initiatives to inform stakeholders of the progress underway in readying an Indian contingent for the next WorldSkills Competition to be held in Leipzig, Germany in July 2013.

To view the latest newsletter please visit:






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