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This year's Conference Program, called "Our Youth – Our Future", is a celebration of the best international organizations dedicated to skills promotion, standards and excellence. From 1-6 July numerous national and international organizations will discuss the present and future of vocational education and training worldwide. Leading institutions and personalities of industry, economy, politics, and vocational education are expected to attend this informative program. Therefore, this will be a great and ideal platform for networking on an international basis.

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We are making this year's conference experience as interactive and engaging as possible. With over 3,500 people expected to attend the conferences and over 3,000 international specialists accredited to attend the 42nd WorldSkills Competition, WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 is going to be the largest international gathering point for VET in the world!

Don't miss out, register now! We are looking forward to connecting with you in Leipzig!

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Don't miss out, register for the WorldSkills Leaders Forum!

We are very excited to announce that Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) will give the keynote address during the WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2013 on 4 July in Leipzig, Germany as part of the 42nd WorldSkills Competition.

The theme of the WSLF is "Our Youth – Our Future" and the keynote address will be focused the best strategy to make the social and economic transformation through the VET process and skill competitions, the role and value of skill competitions in the skill development of Brazil and how to embed them in the skills development activities of the country.

As a follow on from this rare and fantastic opportunity to hear from a well known, well respected global leader, we will provide the chance for the audience of the WSLF to hear from Canadian television celebrity, Mike Holmes, and how he has made it his personal goal to raise the awareness of a skilled young workforce. He will publicly challenge the audience to increase the focus that media is giving skilled young people and he wants to help.

Registration for the WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2013 is now available at:

Space is limited so don't delay!

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Discover Skills Unlimited at the Global Skills Marketplace

The Global Skills Marketplace (GSM) is an international forum where WorldSkills Members and guests are invited to "Discover Skills Unlimited" within a series of interactive and engaging 45-minute seminars that will run throughout the day on Friday, 5 July, 10:00–16:00 in the Conference Center Leipzig (CCL).

GSM sessions are dedicated to global skills issues and are offered as part of the overall WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Conference Program – an international conference and seminar programme that will bring together leaders from around the world to network, share best practices and learn from others. The GSM will offer internationally themed seminars relating to Digital Media and E-learning, Mobility and Globalization, Tradition and Future and Discover VET – Made in Germany.

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Tackling the global talent gap - Global Skills Exchange

In association with WorldSkills, you can now register to attend the inaugural GlobalSkillsExchange supported by Pearson.

A valuable, stimulating, and challenging day of discussion and interaction for government policy makers, skills providers, and corporate talent managers, with examples and experts from around the globe.

  • How can the international market in people with skills be made more open to benefit individuals, advanced and developing economies?
  • Are transnational skills and freer movement of people the answer to anaemic growth and an ageing workforce in the advanced economies?
  • What can the BRIC countries do to ensure that everyone benefits from rising prosperity?
  • How can the Arab Spring turn into an Arab Summer of more jobs and skills for the young?
  • What can developing countries learn from those successful economic parts of the world that embrace globalisation?

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Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development - UNIDO

Risks And Challenges For Least Developed Countries

Organizer: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in co-operation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-Operation and Development (BMZ), WorldSkills Germany, and the WorldSkills Foundation

The main purpose of the conference is to increase awareness on the importance of green industrial skills development amongst countries worldwide and to promote green industrial skills for a better future of deprived young people and enhance their chance of employment and income. To increase awareness on the importance of green industrial skills development amongst countries worldwide and to promote enhanced industrial skills for a better future of deprived young people.

Participation on demand. For further information please contact

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