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WorldSkills Capacity Building Centre

Giving back lies at the heart of the first WorldSkills Capacity Building Centre. Years of war had left the population of South Korea destitute and close to starvation, but the support of other nations helped the country recover and develop into the skills powerhouse it is today.

The work of the Capacity Building Centre is supported by the Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS) of the Human Resources Development Service of Republic of Korea. By sharing expertise through training, with an emphasis on Africa and the developing world, Korea is able to pay back in kind the vital help it received from others so many years ago.


Projects and events

Live Q & A sessions

June to December 2021

Opportunities to ask Korean managers, experts, trainers, and competitors questions about the ‘Skills Training Video’ series.

Consulting Workshop on skills competitions

April to October 2021

Webinars and on-site workshops in Korea to help countries establish of sustainable national skills competition systems.


2018 to 2021

Korea’s Skills Transfer for Aspiring Regions (K-STAR) programme helps countries develop the infrastructure and systems to hold their own national skills competitions as well as training managers, experts, trainers, and competitors.

  • From 2018: Colombia, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Namibia and Zambia
  • From 2021: The Philippines, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Azerbaijan
Our experience to help design and plan a skills competition system on the national level is a valuable asset which we want Member and non-Member countries and regions to benefit from

— Dong Man Kim, President of HRD Korea


How we work

WorldSkills Capacity Building Centre

Building skills competition systems

  • Visits by Korean Experts
  • Developing infrastructure for a country to hold skills competitions
  • Providing support for countries to host national skills competition
  • Advise on the structure of skills competition committees

Skills training and workshops

  • Visits by Korean Experts
  • Invitating competitors and expert from other countries for skills training
  • Workshops