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The world’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) leaders unite as Members and partners of WorldSkills to advance skills within their own country and region, and around the world.

As a Member of WorldSkills your country or region will join a global movement dedicated to promoting the benefits of skills training.

Joining WorldSkills has helped us raise the attractiveness of occupations increasing the enrolment of talented youth in VET programs.
— Eduard Kalitski, First Vice Rector of the EI “Republican Institute for Vocational Education” and Official Delegate for Belarus.

1. Who are the Members of WorldSkills?

Members of WorldSkills are agencies or bodies with responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective country/region. An "agency representing a training system" can be an NGO established with the purpose of being the Member organization of WorldSkills International, but evidence of the support of the key stakeholders of that country/region’s training system (e.g. government and industry) is required.

Only one representative body per country/region will be recognized as a Member or Associate Member.

A Member is represented by an Official and a Technical Delegate. These Delegates are appointed at the Member’s discretion but must be selected to actively contribute in their respective roles and responsibilities for WorldSkills International.

2. Grades of Membership

There are two grades of membership: Members and Associate Members.

Associate Members shall have all the privileges of full membership except for the right to vote or stand for election and they cannot enter an official team in the biennial Competition. However, Associate Members may be invited to enter up to three “guest” Competitors in the Competition for the purposes of learning about the Competition. The results of the guest Competitors will not be officially recognized nor will medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Medallions for Excellence) be awarded. However, a Best of Nation medal will be awarded if there are at least two Competitors.

3. How to apply?

Applications for membership and associate membership must be made in writing, on the applicant body's official letterhead, and addressed to the Secretariat and be signed by the applying body's official representatives.

The application must include:

  • a detailed description of the country/region's vocational education and training system and the applicant body's position within this system ,
  • an official letter from the relevant ministry, on official letterhead in English signed by the Minister, confirming their support for the agency or body as the official Member of WorldSkills International, and
  • the names, positions, and full contact details of the proposed Official and Technical Delegates.

Please contact for a full description and samples of the required documentation and the required contents of a letter of agreement between the Member and WorldSkills International.

Joining WorldSkills has given Zambia a smarter platform to attract the private sector to support the skills excellence.
— Francis Mwape, CEO WorldSkills Zambia and Technical Delegate for Zambia

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