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WorldSkills Update 18 May 2013

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Message from David Hoey

It is hard to believe it has been almost two years since we were in a similar position preparing for WorldSkills London 2011. Building on from the success of London, we are continuing to advance the WorldSkills Competition through improved quality, innovative services and new technologies.

With the 42nd WorldSkills Competition now less than two months away, WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 is shaping up to be a huge success with 1,024 Competitors from 54 countries/regions entered to participate. Alongside the Competition will be the Conference Program which will host 3,500 leaders in industry, government and education from around the world through a multitude of international conferences, receptions and meetings. Over 3,000 accredited delegates will be present to support the Competition and over 200,000 visitors are expected to walk through the doors of the Leipziger Messe.

I have no doubt that everyone in attendance will be touched by the Competition experience and journey.

We look forward to having the world focus on Leipzig as we showcase and inspire excellence in skills.

David Hoey, CEO, WorldSkills International

Lincoln Electric
Saint Gobain Gyproc


Registration for the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Conference Program
is now open!

Looking for an interactive way to meet people who are interested in the same topics, themes and issues as you? Then we know you will be as excited as us to hear that registrations for the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Conference Program are now open!

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Media accreditation, services, promotion and more!

Once again, the Official Media Website for the event has been established and populated with easy to find and use resources including photos, Competitor profiles, videos, list of past medalists, etc. The address for the website is

During WorldSkills London 2011, we uploaded over 26,000 high resolution photos onto the WorldSkills Flickr channel and over 50 high quality short vignettes onto WSTV. This year, we plan on uploading even more photos and videos. Plus, we will be covering the event through social media channels like never before.

If you want to get the latest news and to be able to feel like they are part of the event, connect with WorldSkills International on all the social media channels.

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  Media website


Be Our Guest! WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Restaurant Service

Looking to take some time out from the heat of the Competition? Why not do so while supporting our Competitors' in Restaurant Service - did I mention all-the-while sipping on a crisp glass of vino and enjoying a three course meal?! Sound tempting? We thought so, that is why we are giving you the opportunity to get in first and register to be one of our official guests at the Restaurant Service Competition.

Places are filling up quickly so get in fast, after all who doesn't love a free lunch...

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  Restaurant Service


We have a Winner!

The results are in and we are proud to announce the top three entrants of our WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Certificate design mini-competition! WorldSkills International announced the competition on 20 February calling on people looking to try out there creative side on designing a new participant certificate to be used for the upcoming 42nd WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany.

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In just 45 days the 42nd WorldSkills Competition
will take place in Leipzig

We have a special message from the WorldSkills host city for you:


On 16 April 2013 the Mayor of Leipzig and the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 team had the honour of presenting the countdown clock to the people of Leipzig and the city's guests at the Leipzig Main Station.

During the event, there was a flash mob and we have produced a short film clip that you can access and watch on the WorldSkillsTV channel on YouTube.

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  Countdown Clock


The Joy of Skills! - Taitaja2013 Finnish National Skills Competition

The Finnish National Skills Competition Taitaja is the biggest annual event for vocational students in Finland. In 2013, it happened in Joensuu Areena from 14-16 May. Approximately 35,000 people were expected to visit the event.

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WorldSkills Russia National Competition

On 27 April the first Open WorldSkills Russia National Competition was held in Tolyatti (Samara Region). The Competition, which was held over five days, was organised by the national Member of WorldSkills International in the Russian Federation the Foundation "Education to Society" and in support of the Competition was the Ministry of Education of Russia and the Agency of Strategic Initiatives of the Russian Government.

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  WorldSkills Russia



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