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Message from the CEO

David Hoey, CEO WorldSkills International

It's amazing that we are already half way through 2014. This year has been marked with great development for the WorldSkills movement. While we are continually pushing the limits of the WorldSkills Competition planning and making it a better and more visitor friendly event, we are also striving to develop ways of bringing it virtually to more and more people around the globe.

At the same time, we are concentrating our efforts on events and activities outside of the Competition and working at the grass roots level in communities, organizations and institutions to increase the awareness of WorldSkills. Through events like the ECOSOC youth forum, which you can read about below, we are reaching out beyond our Competitors and engaging youth to improve our world with the power of skills. Through the Foundation's initiatives like the inaugral Water Innovation Challenge we are impacting communities worldwide.

I am proud of the direction that WorldSkills is taking and believe that by increasing our reach and projects, WorldSkills will help to increase the skills excellence and development worldwide.
WorldSkills International Global Industry Partners
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News from WorldSkills

"Skilled for Excellence and Development" - WorldSkills Champions share their stories

"Skilled for Excellence and Development" was a side-event organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany and Brazil with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and WorldSkills, held on the occasion of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum "#Youth2015: Realizing the Future They Want".

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Do you believe in skills?

Calling all supporters and believers of skilled professions around the world!

What does having a skill mean to you, tell us your stories. “I believe in skills…” is a campaign to gather the best stories about people’s passion and appreciation for skills and how skills make the world a better place.

We want to hear your raw stories and messages, tell us which skill you believe in and how is it improving this world. There is a new Facebook page called "For the love of skills", post your videos, stories, photos there to tell the world about the skill or skills you believe in.

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All eyes on Water Innovation Challenge

Thirteen participants representing the USA and Australia – plumbers, engineers, web designers, CAD specialists, teachers, and advisors – are participating in the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge event which will run 3-5 June in the Central Amphitheatre at ITE Singapore College East. This is a side event of Singapore International Water Week 2014, a global platform for stakeholders from across the global water industry to share business opportunities and showcase the latest water technologies and innovative water solutions.

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Sharing water and sanitation initiatives with UNESCO-UNEVOC at IFAT 2014

WorldSkills Foundation was invited to share details of current water and sanitation initiatives by UNESCO-UNEVOC during their special session at IFAT 2014 (International Trade for Water) in Munich, Germany on 6 May. The meeting session was an international platform that UNESCO-UNEVOC provides for representative UNEVOC Centres to meet, share knowledge and lessons learned.

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First ever Côte d’Ivoire skills competition a success

With only three months of intensive preparation and training, the inaugural National Skills Competition in Côte d'Ivoire was a success in the city of Abidjan with positive emotional impact on the young Competitors. The event was run in partnership between UNIDO and WorldSkills Foundation, and was a direct outcome of the Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development conference which was held on the opening day of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.

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News from WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Preparing for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

As WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 heads towards the one year out mark, they are kicking into high gear with material and information on their website. The website is now live and being regularly updated in both English and Portuguese: In addition, we have created several versions of web banners that you can download them here and use on your own sites to promote the event.

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SENAI has trained more than 60 million Brazilians

The National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI) will complete its 72nd year of operation in 2014. During this period, it has trained more than 61 million Brazilian professionals in 28 areas of industry. There are courses ranging from initial and continuing training for youth apprentices, to technical, graduate and post-graduate technological level.

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Professional education in Brazil: the challenge of expanding access with quality

The Brazilian population has a positive view of professional education. Research conducted with 2,002 people over 16 years old in 143 municipalities suggests that there is an understanding that technical education offers good opportunities for those who want to enter the labour market. According to the survey, 90% of respondents agree that whoever has more technical education has more opportunities than those who do not take any courses. On salaries, the view is positive: 82% agree that professionals with vocational certifications have higher salaries than those who do not.

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Learn about Brazil's economy

With a population of over 200 million people and a land area of over 8,500 square km, these facts are just part of the grandeur of Brazil, the largest country in South America and, in the coming years, the host to some major international events: the World Cup in 2014, the WorldSkills Competition in 2015, and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016.

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News from WorldSkills Members

The first National Skills Competition for WorldSkills Belarus

From 20-22 May 2014, WorldSkills Belarus held its first National Skills Competition since becoming an official Member of WorldSkills. It was held at the Football Manege in Minsk, The Republic of Belarus.

The event was conducted simultaneously with the Belarusian industrial forum “BELPROMENERGO”, exhibiting modern industrial technologies, production achievements and innovative projects in different sectors of the economy.

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Welcome to WorldSkills, Mongolia!

We are happy to welcome Mongolia, the 69th and newest Member of WorldSkills!

Mongolia has an operational priority to prepare their workforce based on the labour market demand through professional education and a developed training system. The Mongolian TVET system is focused on becoming demand driven, with an importance placed on improving learning environments through upgrading equipment, workshop construction, and instructional learning materials.

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