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2 February 2021

Dates confirmed for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022

The 46th WorldSkills Competition, earlier postponed, will take place 12-17 October 2022

The dates for the 46th WorldSkills Competition, previously scheduled for September 2021 in Shanghai, China, have now been scheduled for 12–17 October 2022. WorldSkills International announced last November the postponement of the championship by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To ensure that the decision to change the date will not impact participants, the WorldSkills General Assembly unanimously approved a onetime change in the age eligibility criteria for the Competition. If a Competitor was age eligible for the WorldSkills Competition 2021, then they will also be eligible for 2022.

It was also agreed that the WorldSkills Conference, which runs parallel to the Competition bringing together leaders in education, government, business, and industry from around the globe, will take place on 13–14 October.

“The new event dates have been decided taking into account the continued unprecedented restrictions brought by the pandemic. We are confident that this period will provide all stakeholders with sufficient time for Members to host local and national competitions, train Competitors and to carry out their mission in such challenging times,” said David Hoey, CEO of WorldSkills International.

The new dates for WorldSkills Lyon 2024 are still being finalized and will be announced at a later date.

Over the next 20 months, Members and Global Partners will focus on local and national activities, including innovative development, selection, and training programmes. The year 2021 has been termed as a year of innovation, as the limitations posed by the pandemic will push Members to find new creative ways to connect with young people and inspire them to learn a skill.

The 46th WorldSkills Competition will be hosted in Shanghai, China in 2022 featuring over 1,400 Competitors from more than 60 countries and regions, competing in over 60 skills. WorldSkills Competitions create a global platform to develop help young people who want to change their lives and the fortunes of their communities and societies.

About WorldSkills

WorldSkills is the global hub of skills excellence, which promotes vocational education and training for young people in over 80 Member countries and regions. Every two years we host the world championships of skills and we passionately believe that skills change lives. Formed in 1950, our Members promote skills to two thirds of the world’s population.