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WorldSkills Champions Forum

Connecting past competitors to the future of WorldSkills

WorldSkills Competitors have reached an elite level, achieved by only a few in the world. They are all Champions. The WorldSkills Champions Forum, taps into their expertise, experience and passion.

Held every two years, we learn from passionate and experienced young people, while Champions have the opportunity to meet fellow Champions from around the world and to develop their leadership skills.

Why hold a Champions Forum?

The WorldSkills strategic review conducted by Official Delegates in Helsinki in May 2005 identified a number of key priority areas including further improving the Competition, developing our organization, and increasing the effectiveness of our marketing, particularly through the website. The review identified that WorldSkills Competitors are key stakeholders in our organization, and it was important that we not only improve the experience of the Competition for them, but involve them more in our organizational mission as well.

While a percentage of past WorldSkills Competitors (Champions) participate as skills coaches and experts at local skills competitions in their home countries/regions, and a select few re-emerge on the international level as Team Leaders, Experts, and Delegates, and others participate in skills exchange activities, most Champions have little or no further association with WorldSkills after their “once only” Competition experience.

The WorldSkills Champions Forum allows Champions to come back and discuss the future of the WorldSkills movement in an open and creative environment. Professionals are brought in to give valuable input from the skill industries and function as mentors for the working groups.

The Champions Forum concludes in a presentation to the WorldSkills General Assembly where the delegates share the outcome of their work. All ideas and suggestions are welcomed and will, as much as possible, be considered for implementation.