Frequently asked questions on joining the Champions Trust
What is the WorldSkills Champions Trust?
The WorldSkills Champions Trust is a volunteer group of past Competitors who are the voice of young people in the WorldSkills movement. The initiative was developed by Champions for Champions at the WorldSkills Champions Forum 2014 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Their idea was to establish an advisory group to work closely throughout the year with WorldSkills.
This group works to raise levels of engagement among WorldSkills Champions and promote active involvement in WorldSkills projects, initiatives and activities. As a member of the Champions Trust you represent an exclusive network of Champions that have participated in a WorldSkills Competition. You also serve to advocate the power of skills to transform the lives of young people around the world
What are the benefits of being part of the Champions Trust?
- Develop leadership, public speaking, and media skills
- Learn the fundamentals of working and leading a group of volunteers
- Participate in and contribute to events and conferences focused on advancing the future of skills
- Attend international events and conferences as a representative of WorldSkills
- Grow as a global citizen
- Build a global network of friends, colleagues, and mentors
- Gain a greater appreciation for different perspectives and cultures
- Extend your role within the community of Champions from around the world
- Work as part of team to advance your shared goals
What is the volunteer time commitment?
The average time commitment is 2-4 hours per week, with increased participation in the lead up to major projects and events. You will be in regular communication with other representatives on the Champions Trust and WorldSkills Secretariat via email and WhatsApp. You will also be in regular communication with WorldSkills Member countries and regions.
You must be available to attend four mandatory international meetings:
- Champions Trust Training Camp (within two months of appointment)
- WorldSkills General Assembly (approximately one year after appointment)
- One meeting between the General Assembly and Competition
- The WorldSkills Competition (approximately two years after appointment)
What training is involved?
As part of the Champions Trust you will take part in leadership and media training sessions, forums and conferences, to hone your skills to effectively represent the talented and dedicated community of WorldSkills Champions. The training will advance your public speaking skills, as well as comfort level in telling your WorldSkills story to media.
How do I apply?
Applications for the WorldSkills Champions Trust will become available on this page in 2021.
What is the eligibility criteria?
- Ability to communicate effectively in English (reading, writing, speaking).
- Written support from Member country or region (Official Delegate or appointed representative).
- Written support from Team Leader.
- Ability to commit to at least a two-year term which includes:
- attending four mandatory meetings out of country,
- regular communication with WSCT Members and WSCT Coordinator via email and WhatsApp,
- regular communication with group of assigned Member countries and regions, and
- regular communication with WorldSkills communications department to share stories and ideas for getting more awareness around Champions to the global audience.
- Must have competed within the last three WorldSkills Competitions. For the Champions Trust to be selected following WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 Champions that have competed in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, WorldSkills Kazan 2019, or WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 will be eligible.
- Must be fully available during the WorldSkills Official events and cannot accept another WorldSkills role (i.e. Expert, Team Leader, Translator, Delegate, etc.).
What is required in the application?
All applicants are required to complete the online application form, it will be available in September 2021. As part of the online form applicants will be asked to:
- submit a 1-2 minute video you would be proud for WorldSkills to showcase on social media explaining how skills have changed your life, or the life of someone close to you. You must be highlighted in the video to demonstrate your on-camera abilities,
- attach two recent high resolution photos of yourself: one as a head shot that can be used as a general profile photo and one shows you in your work environment, and
- have a recommendation form submitted by the Team Leader and a representative from the Member organization.