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19 January 2012

WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 aims to be the "Most Exciting WorldSkills Competition ever"

With WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 now just over a year and a half a way, Claus Andresen, Chief Executive talks about their plans.

leipzig_trade_fair.jpg“This is a very exciting time for us as we start to shape up the 42nd WorldSkills Competition. We are delighted to have secured The Leipzig Trade Fair as the venue for the event and are confident that it will be an outstanding place to hold the Competition and surrounding activities. Newly built in 1996, with over 100,000 m2 in size and 70,000 m2 outside, the venue is considered as one of the most attractive event venues in Europe and the entrance hall built by the British star architect Ian Ritchie has became a landmark.”

We are keen to make our mark on the WorldSkills stage and are aiming for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 to be the most exciting WorldSkills event that has ever taken place. It is important that young people are at the heart of what we put on in Leipzig and we want to ensure there is a feeling of excitement and wonder around all parts of the event. The bar was set high at WorldSkills London 2011 and we want to build on what was done in the UK and take the event to the next level so that more people get to experience and understand the opportunities created by careers in skills.” 

Asked about the biggest challenges the Leipzig team currently face, Claus is clear:

“At this stage in the organisation of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, developing relationships with sponsors and partners who will help us put on the event is of paramount importance and a great deal of our energy is devoted to this. At the same time we are starting to plan all aspects of the event from visitor registration and the layout of the Competition halls to the branding for the event marketing and accommodation requirements. We know there is a huge amount of work ahead of us but as we enter 2012 we are confident that we have what it takes to be able to deliver an amazing WorldSkills Competition. ”

We are very much looking forward to welcoming what is likely to be 60 countries/regions to Germany next year to take part in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.”

WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 will take place 2-7 July. For more information on any aspect of the event please contact Werner Kipp at