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Message from the CEO

David Hoey, CEO WorldSkills International

When I look back over the history of WorldSkills, it is pretty amazing to see the growth and ground swell that started with just a simple idea in Spain over 60 years ago. We just welcomed our 72nd Member this past month! WorldSkills is having more direct impact around the world than the creators ever imagined.

Every day we are striving to push WorldSkills further and further through our six focus areas: Career, Advocacy, Research, Education and Training, International Cooperation and Development, and Competitions and Projects. With recent additions to the WorldSkills portfolio like the Water Innovation Challenge and the Skills Specification Standards, we are reaching beyond just our flagship skill Competitions and getting involved in communities, classrooms, training facilities, and industry. We are bringing the best minds and practices together to learn from each other and transfer that knowledge forward. We are going to be focusing on new and emerging technologies and techniques that will help make the world more sustainable. In short, we are improving our world with the power of skills.
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News from WorldSkills

PAEET hosts WorldSkills International Board of Directors in Kuwait

In June the WorldSkills International Board of Directors met in Kuwait to partake in a number of successful meetings and get a glimpse of the newly built Skills Training Centre.

A recent Member to WorldSkills, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) joined in 2012 after participating in GCC Regional Competitions. After competing at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, the Kuwait Skills Team recognized the benefit of building a skills training centre for the region.

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Welcome to our newest Members: Kazakhstan, Egypt and Zambia!

WorldSkills is a movement worldwide. Our membership of countries and regions spanning the globe is proof that employment challenges related to the lack or undervaluation of skills is a worldwide issue. Now is the time when we are collaborating to take action and overcome these issues. We are educating and training our youth and providing opportunities for them to build a sustainable future in a strong economy in their home countries.

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Water Innovation Challenge pioneers new format of skills competitions

As our pilot Water Innovation Challenge was successfully held earlier this month in Singapore, the WorldSkills Foundation is now in the process of evaluating the event and planning for new and improved editions, building on the keen interest of industry partners and sponsors involved in delivering this first showcase.

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WorldSkills Foundation Board approves new round of projects

A number of new exciting projects have been reviewed and approved by the WorldSkills Foundation Board of Trustees and will be launched in the second half of this year and throughout 2015.

There will be more and closer collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization on projects in Africa – building on the success of the first National Skills Competition in Abidjan – continued expansion of the Healthabitat Sanitation Studio programmes in less developed countries, and further development of the Virtual 3D Learning initiative. As part of the project proposals, the Foundation will also focus on the upcoming WorldSkills Champions Forum at the General Assembly 2014.

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News from WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Get ready for Competition Preparation Week

In early 2015 WorldSkills will come to São Paulo to develop and prepare for the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world. From 31 January to 5 February organizers, partners, students, teachers, sponsors, Delegates, Experts, and specialists will meet together to plan and share the excitement as it builds towards the August 2015 event.

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Technical Working Group meeting in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong 11-13 June the second Technical Working Group meeting of the year was held.

The meeting gathered approximately 20 Technical Delegates who discussed important aspects such as logistics, infrastructure, sustainability, health and safety, rules of the competition assessment, and training of new Members.

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The Brazilian Carnival

During the countdown to WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, we'll present and show a little bit of Brazilian culture and customs. In this article, you'll learn more about one of the most traditionally holidays and festivals in Brazil: Carnival.

As in the other parts of the world, the Brazilian Carnival occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. The celebration has its origins in Portugal, where it began in the fifteenth century. During the colonization of Brazil, the Portuguese people brought the celebration with them, especially after the Portuguese Royal Family moved to Brazil, in 1808.

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News from WorldSkills Members

The 2014 Skills Canada National Competition was a huge success!

The 20th anniversary of the Skills Canada National Competition that took place earlier in June in Toronto marked an huge milestone for Canada.

Over 500 of Canada’s best skilled trade and technology students and apprentices competed in 43 skills. The country’s top industry leaders and government officials were on hand, including the Canadian Minister of Employment and Social Development, Jason Kenney, who addressed Competitors and partners and announced additional funding to Skills/Compétences Canada.

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Canadian youth at the second APEC Youth Skills Camp

The second APEC Youth Skills Camp was held 21-30 May 2014, and included over 120 participants from 13 APEC economies. The goal of the program was to promote communication and cooperation on human resources development among APEC economies.

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WorldSkills Russia Kazan 2014 - second Russian National Skills Competition

With the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the Russian National Skills Competition was held 14-20 May 2014 at the Kazan Exhibition.

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