Jos de Goey
Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Chair of the Strategic Development Committee
Jos has been involved in international skills competitions since 2000. One of his key achievements at Skills Netherlands was the set-up of a national event called Skills Masters which became a widely-recognized and highly-publicized event across the Netherlands. Since 2015 his organization has set up a new skills competition format in close cooperation with the VET-sector supported for this by industry. Jos started as an Expert at the WorldSkills Competition in Seoul in 2001. Soon afterwards, in 2002, he was appointed as managing director of the newly founded Skills Netherlands organization and he became the Technical Delegate representing the Netherlands at the WorldSkills Competitions in 2003 and 2005. After 2007 he became the Official Delegate. At the same time Jos became the President of WorldSkills Europe and after serving two terms, he retired and became the Secretary General. He was directly involved and had the overall responsibility for the organization of the regional event – EuroSkills. He drove the vision behind the creation of WorldSkills Europe and was a key player in the development and transition for which he takes pride in that achievement that brought together European countries to promote vocational skills, through competitions. It is his belief that skills competitions can play a very important role in helping young people to find or develop their talents. For this, all organizations around the world which have a responsibility in this, should work as closely together as possible for the benefit of all. To pursue this, the board of the Skills Netherlands Foundation nominated Jos in 2010 for a board position in WorldSkills International which he has held since.