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WorldSkills is an international skills competition for youth that is held in a different member country every two years. As of September 2008, WorldSkills International has 50 member countries. Competitors from 17 to 22 years old demonstrate their excellence in a number of different skilled trades and technology contest areas. The competition is promoted and managed by WorldSkills International, formerly known as the International Vocation Training Organisation (IVTO). The most recent competition, WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, took place between 3–6 July 2013 at Leipzig Trade Fair.
Governed by an international Board of Directors and administered by the WorldSkills Secretariat, WSI's mission is "...to promote, through the cooperative actions of Members, a world-wide awareness of the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the achievement of economic success and individual achievement."
Through international competitions held every two years, WSI attempts to raise awareness to the opportunities that exist in skilled professions with the intent of encouraging youth and their parents and teachers to explore career opportunities in skilled trades and technology.
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 took place from September 1 through September 7, 2009. The event was held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. One thousand of the best skilled young people from 50 countries competed in 45 skill areas to determine who was the best of the best. More than 80,000 square meters of space was utilized during the competition and visitors and delegates from around the world occupied 30,000 hotel room nights while visiting Calgary. Richard Walker President and CEO.
The WorldSkills legacy will leave $18 million in new state-of-the art equipment after the event for youth training and education. Finally, WSI and the WorldSkills Calgary Organisation will, through education and youth awareness programs, leave a lasting legacy of awareness to the value of skills training and a career in skilled professions.
Among its main objectives are:
- Promote the exchange between young professionals from various regions of the world;
- Exchange of skills, experience and technological innovations;
- Raise the understanding in governments, education and industry to the importance of skills training.
- Raise the awareness of youth and those who influence youth to the opportunities available in skilled professions.
The young professionals who compete are selected by their respective countries, may only participate once in the WorldSkills Competition, and must be between the ages of 17 and 22 years in the year of competition.
In 1946, given the need for skilled workers in Spain, the then Director-General of the Organization of Spanish Workers (OJE), Sr. Anthony Elola Olaso, realized it was necessary to create an effective system of professional training.
The idea of Olaso became a project in the hands of Antonio Almagro and Faustino Ramos, Director of the Center for Work, and awakened interests of agencies and companies where the most important centre for training Spanish, "Virgin of La Paloma," embraced the idea.
The first National Competition held in Madrid, the Spanish capital, was a success. It was attended by four thousand apprentices.
But the event creators wanted more. They wanted to promote competitions that challenged competitors, showing the different levels of skill and ability of young people from other countries.
By having greater affinity, Latin American countries were invited to create an International Competition.
In 1950, with twelve young skilled competitors from Portugal and Spain, the first WorldSkills Competition was held.
|2017||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|2015||São Paulo, Brazil|
|2011||London, United Kingdom||1971||Gijón, Spain|
|2009||Calgary, Canada||1970||Tokyo, Japan|
|2007||Numazu, Japan||1969||Brussels, Belgium|
|2005||Helsinki, Finland||1968||Bern, Switzerland|
|2003||St. Gallen, Switzerland||1967||Madrid, Spain|
|2001||Seoul, South Korea||1966||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|1999||Montreal, Canada||1965||Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|1997||St. Gallen, Switzerland||1964||Lisbon, Portugal|
|1995||Lyon, France||1963||Dublin, Ireland|
|1993||Taipei, Taiwan||1962||Gijön, Spain|
|1991||Amsterdam, Netherlands||1961||Duisburg, Germany|
|1989||Birmingham, United Kingdom||1960||Barcelona, Spain|
|1988||Sydney, Australia||1959||Modena, Italy|
|1985||Osaka, Japan||1958||Brussels, Belgium|
|1983||Linz, Austria||1957||Madrid, Spain|
|1981||Cork, Ireland||1956||Madrid, Spain|
|1979||Busan, South Korea||1955||Madrid, Spain|
|1977||Utrecht, Netherlands||1953||Madrid, Spain|
|1975||Madrid, Spain||1951||Madrid, Spain|
|1973||Munich, Germany||1950||Madrid, Spain|
List of skills on the last competition
Construction and Building Technology
- 08 Architectural Stonemasonry
- 20 Bricklaying
- 24 Cabinetmaking
- 26 Carpentry
- 18 Electrical Installations
- 25 Joinery
- 37 Landscape Gardening
- 22 Painting and Decorating
- 21 Plastering and Drywall Systems
- 15 Plumbing and Heating
- 38 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- 12 Wall and Floor Tiling
Creative Arts and Fashion
- 31 Fashion Technology
- 28 Floristry
- 40 Graphic Design Technology
- 27 Jewellery
- 44 Visual Merchandising/Window Dressing
Information and Communication Technology
- 02 Information Network Cabling
- 39 IT Network Systems Administration
- 09 IT Software Solutions for Business
- 11 Print Media Technology
- 17 Web Design
Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
- 07 CNC Milling
- 06 CNC Turning
- 42 Construction Metal Work
- 16 Electronics
- 03 Manufacturing Team Challenge
- 05 Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD
- 04 Mechatronics
- 23 Mobile Robotics
- D1 Plastic Die Engineering
- 01 Polymechanics/Automation
- 45 Prototype Modelling
- 43 Sheet Metal Technology
- 10 Welding
Social and Personal Services
- 30 Beauty Therapy
- 32 Confectioner/Pastry Cook
- 34 Cooking
- 29 Hairdressing
- 41 Health and Social Care
- 35 Restaurant Service
Transportation and Logistics
- 14 Aircraft Maintenance
- 13 Autobody Repair
- 33 Automobile Technology
- 36 Car Painting
-  Reference WSC'09 Business Plan