WorldSkills Update

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Message from the CEO

David Hoey, CEO WorldSkills International

WorldSkills is embarking on a new era in its history. This is very exciting as we strategically reposition ourselves as the global hub of skills excellence. We have been operational for almost 65 years and we now take the deliberate focus on showcasing and inspiring skills excellence. Through skills competitions, projects and activities we are actively promoting skilled professions to the world.

We are proud of our new direction and invite all our Members, stakeholders and supporters to work with us on this important road to improve the world with the power of skills.

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Introducing the new WorldSkills

Over the last year, WorldSkills has completed a major rebranding and communications project and we are now ready to share the "New WorldSkills" with you.

WorldSkills Foundation and WorldSkills International, while being separate organizations, will now collaborate together under the joint brand of WorldSkills. We share a vision and mission to improve our world with the power of skills!

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WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 in full preparation

WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 and WorldSkills International have spent a week in Bogota, Colombia observing and using the 3rd WorldSkills Americas as an ideal learning environment in preparation for the upcoming 43rd WorldSkills Competition.

Our goal is to bring the WorldSkills Competition to every country around the world, who's in?

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WorldSkills Leaders Forum - inspiring excellence!

The WorldSkills Americas 2014 Leaders Forum has begun, under the theme of Inspiring Excellence: Challenges of Professional Training in Latin America in the 21st century. Several high profile speakers opened the event. The first session turned to the global prespective taking an in depth look at the scope and role of skills competitions as a strategy to improve quality of professional training. David Hoey, CEO of WorldSkills International gave an enlightening presentation on the important role that skill competitions have on economic development and growth within the host country and around the world.

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WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2014 - Lucerne, Switzerland

In September 2014, the world comes to Lucerne, Switzerland to attend the WorldSkills General Assembly. Delegates from the 68 WorldSkills Members come together for strategy, technical and overall organization discussions and decisions. One large part of this event is the WorldSkills Leaders Forum (WSLF) which is shaping up to be an impressive international view of skills, apprenticeships and the impact on the global economy and growth.

For the full programme and more information please visit:

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Benefits of skill competitions for youth

WorldSkills Champions will tell you that taking part in a WorldSkills Competition is a life changing experience. Did you know that this is also the case for the young people that come to watch the competitors in action? WorldSkills Competitions, enables youth to see a skilled profession in action then to actually engage and talk to people in those skills.

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CÔTE D'IVOIRE gearing up for their first national skills competition

Abidjan is an important economic city of Côte d'Ivoire, located on the south-east coast of the country in the Gulf of Guinea. Fittingly, as a Sister City to São Paulo – host of the 42nd WorldSkills Competition in 2015 – it is also the place where Côte d'Ivoire's first national skills competition will take place from 15-17 May this year, an initiative supported by the WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

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WorldSkills Foundation joins the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility

WSF will contribute to the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) by sharing expertise on training and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors, as well as supporting gender balance requirements in new Facility projects, by promoting female role models drawn from WorldSkills' Expert networks.

Find out more about LDKF:

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Young talent will tackle inaugural Water Innovation Challenge

The World Health Organization has declared plumbers the most important front line health workers around the globe. In an attempt to raise awareness of this issue by connecting to the WorldSkills Competition format, WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) are launching a pilot event – Water Innovation Challenge – which will be hosted 3-5 June 2014 at ITE College East (Institute of Technical Education), Singapore.

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Plumbing Champions complete Healthabitat South Africa Sanitation Studio programME

Between 10 and 20 March 2014, the Plumbing and Heating Gold Medallists from the past two WorldSkills Competitions, Shane Trevitt (United Kingdom – WorldSkills London 2011) and Ciaran Coady (Ireland – WorldSkills Leipzig 2013) completed a visit to Diepsloot, South Africa in support of the Healthabitat Sanitation Studio in collaboration with local community partner WASSUP (Water, Amenities and Sanitation Service Upgrade Project).

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Virtual 3D Learning Innovation Lab up and running at ITE Singapore

Michael Christensen (Canada; Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD Champion from WorldSkills London 2011) and Simon Noerdjan (Suriname; Web Design Champion from WorldSkills Americas 2010) were the successful applicants to be selected for the second WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) - Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Virtual 3D Learning Innovation Lab, and have begun a three-month adventure in Singapore which will run to mid-June 2014.

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WorldSkills International President visits São Paulo

WorldSkills President, Simon Bartley went to São Paulo and Brasilia recently to promote the 43rd WorldSkills Competition coming to São Paulo in August 2015. An important part of his visit was to meet with several political, educational and industry leaders throughout the country to raise the awareness of what WorldSkills does and the benefits of hosting a WorldSkills Competition for a country.

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International seminar in Finland on sustainability in VET

An international seminar around "work based learning as a sustainable practice on vocational education and training" was held 9 April 2014 in the Finnish national competition in Lahti.

Among the speakers were Head of unit (VET) Dana Bachmann from the European Commission, President Simon Bartley from WorldSkills, and Executive Director Eija Alhojärvi from Skills Finland. Sung Ki Yi, Official Delegate from WorldSkills Korea also attended the seminar (photo).

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Belarus newest Member of WorldSkills

WorldSkills is excited to welcome Belarus as our 68th Member!

Considering some of the main industries in Belarus include agroindustry, mechanical engineering, cars, machine-tool constructing, instrument making, electronic, metal working, and food, membership at WorldSkills is a great fit!

The Member organization is Republican Institute for Vocational Education:, they are in the process of launching WorldSkills Belarus.

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