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22 April 2013

WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 counts down in style!

wsl2013_countdown_clock.jpgBy WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

A countdown clock situated in Leipzig Central Station is keeping track of the days until WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 which begins on 2 July. Elena Singer, member of the German national team and competing in Print Media Technology, unveiled the clock last week with the Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung.

"The inhabitants of Leipzig are hospitable to the core", said Mr. Jung. "We want to amplify the WorldSkills-craze. This is an amazing event that is coming our way. It is THE Competition for skilled jobs."

The countdown clock was made possible by contributions from Sparkasse Leipzig and the Industrial Initiative for Central Germany.

"Thanks to WorldSkills, Leipzig will be the meeting place for tens of thousands of young people from all over the world. We are happy about this great advertisement for the city and the whole region and gladly support WorldSkills' ambition to introduce children and teenagers to the variety and attractiveness of modern skilled professions",

explains Jörn-Heinrich Tobaben, CEO of the Industrial Initiative for Central Germany.

After the unveiling, around 500 people, members of various city choirs, pedestrians and travelers sang Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 staff informed visitors on the Central Station promenades about the Competition and held a raffle for free tickets.

"The whole event was a big success, we were able to draw more attention to the Competition", said Hubert Romer, CEO of WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. "When WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 begins we are certain that excitement will be great in Leipzig and the region."