WorldSkills

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WorldSkills organises the world championships of vocational skills,[1] and is held every two years in different parts of the world. The organisation, which also hosts conferences about vocational skills,[2] describes itself as the global hub for skills.[3]

WorldSkills brings together young people, industry, government, education, and institutions, to promote the benefits of and need for skilled trade professionals.[4] The aims of the competition include demonstrating the advantages of learning a vocational skill,[5] and encouraging 'parity of esteem' between vocational and academic qualifications.[6]

At the most recent event, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, there were competitions in 51 skills areas with close to 1,300 young people taking part.[7] WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, took place between 15 and 18 October 2017 at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[8] The next WorldSkills Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia in 2019.[9]

WorldSkills currently has 79 Member countries and regions,[10] most of which organise national skills competitions that help to prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.

WorldSkills International, formerly known as the International Vocation Training Organisation (IVTO), was founded in the 1940s and emerged from a desire to create new employment opportunities for young people in some of the economies that were devastated by the Second World War.[11]

Overview[edit]

Governed by an international Board of Directors and administered by the WorldSkills Secretariat, WSI's mission is "To raise the profile and recognition of skilled people, and show how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success."[3]

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.

Medals are awarded during the competition: gold, silver and bronze. Medallions of Excellence are also awarded to those Competitors who achieve above-average scores in their contest areas.

Competitions[edit]

The WorldSkills Competition is currently held every two years.

Host cities of WorldSkills competitions in Japan

Previous Competitions[edit]

Edition Year Host City Country Skills Countries
1 1950 Madrid  Spain
2 1951 Madrid  Spain
3 1953 Madrid  Spain
4 1955 Madrid  Spain
5 1956 Madrid  Spain
6 1957 Madrid  Spain
7 1958 Brussels  Belgium
8 1959 Modena  Italy
9 1960 Barcelona  Spain
10 1961 Duisburg  West Germany
11 1962 Gijón  Spain
12 1963 Dublin  Ireland
13 1964 Lisbon  Portugal
14 1965 Glasgow  United Kingdom
15 1966 Utrecht  Netherlands
16 1967 Madrid  Spain
17 1968 Bern   Switzerland
18 1969 Brussels  Belgium
19 1970 Tokyo  Japan
20 1971 Gijón  Spain
21 1973 Munich  West Germany
22 1975 Madrid  Spain
23 1977 Utrecht  Netherlands
24 1978 Busan  South Korea
25 1979 Cork  Ireland
26 1981 Atlanta  United States
27 1983 Linz  Austria
28 1985 Osaka  Japan
29 1988 Sydney  Australia
30 1989 Birmingham  United Kingdom
31 1991 Amsterdam  Netherlands
32 1993 Taipei  Chinese Taipei
33 1995 Lyon  France
34 1997 St. Gallen   Switzerland
35 1999 Montreal  Canada
36 2001 Seoul  South Korea
37 2003 St. Gallen   Switzerland
38 2005 Helsinki  Finland
39 2007 Numazu  Japan
40 2009 Calgary  Canada
41 2011 London  United Kingdom
42 2013 Leipzig  Germany
43 2015 São Paulo  Brazil 45 55
44 2017 Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 51 59
45 2019 Kazan  Russia
46 2021 Shanghai  China

[12][13]

By country

Country Competitions hosted
 Spain 11 (1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1967, 1971, 1975)
 Netherlands 3 (1966, 1977, 1991)
  Switzerland 3 (1968, 1997, 2003)
 Japan 3 (1970, 1985, 2007)
 United Kingdom 3 (1965, 1989, 2011)
 Germany 3 (1961, 1973, 2013)
 Belgium 2 (1958, 1969)
 Ireland 2 (1963, 1979)
 South Korea 2 (1978, 2001)
 Canada 2 (1999, 2009)
 Italy 1 (1959)
 Portugal 1 (1964)
 United States 1 (1981)
 Austria 1 (1983)
 Australia 1 (1988)
 Chinese Taipei 1 (1993)
 France 1 (1995)
 Finland 1 (2005)
 Brazil 1 (2015)
 United Arab Emirates 1 (2017)
 Russia 1 (2019)
 China 1 (2021)

Future Competitions[edit]

WorldSkills Kazan 2019[edit]

The city of Kazan, Russia, will host the 45th WorldSkills Competition in 2019. The award was made as the result of a vote taken at the WorldSkills General Assembly meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil, 10 August 2015.[14]

WorldSkills Kazan 2019, will be hosted in Russia, 29 August - 3 September 2019.[15]

WordSkills Shanghai 2021[edit]

The 2021 WorldSkills event will be held in one of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious cities. Shanghai, was confirmed as the host by the WorldSkills General Assembly in October 2017.

The slogan for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 is “New Youth, New Skills, New Dream”. The event, which is expected to be held in late September 2021, will take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in the city. The bid noted six main reasons why China want to host the event.[16]

WorldSkills 2023[edit]

Two cities are reported to be preparing bids to host WorldSkills 2023.

Japan is preparing a bid to host the event for the third time.[17]

Switzerland is also joining to bid for the event for the fourth time. Basel has been chosen as the hosting city.[18]

The decision will be made at the WorldSkills General Assembly in 2019.

Medals and awards[edit]

2015 Medal Table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Brazil 11 10 6 27
2  South Korea 13 7 5 25
3  Chinese Taipei 5 7 5 17
4   Switzerland 1 7 5 13
5  China 5 6 4 15
Total
2017 Medal Table[edit]
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 15 7 8 30
2  South Korea 8 8 8 24
3   Switzerland 11 6 3 20
4  Brazil 7 5 3 15
5  Russia 6 4 1 11
Total

Members[edit]

List of the trades represented in WorldSkills[edit]

Construction and Building Technology[edit]

  1. Architectural Stonemasonry
  2. Bricklaying
  3. Cabinetmaking
  4. Carpentry
  5. Concrete Construction Work
  6. Electrical Installations
  7. Joinery
  8. Landscape Gardening
  9. Painting and Decorating
  10. Plastering and Drywall Systems
  11. Plumbing and Heating
  12. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  13. Wall and Floor Tiling

Creative Arts and Fashion[edit]

  1. Fashion Technology
  2. Floristry
  3. Graphic Design Technology
  4. Jewellery
  5. Visual Merchandising/Window Dressing
  6. 3D Digital Game Art

Information and Communication Technology[edit]

  1. Information Network Cabling
  2. IT Network Systems Administration
  3. IT Software Solutions for Business
  4. Print Media Technology
  5. Web Design

Manufacturing and Engineering Technology[edit]

  1. [null CNC Milling]
  2. [null CNC Turning]
  3. [null Construction Metal Work]
  4. [null Electronics]
  5. [null Industrial Control]
  6. [null Industrial Mechanic Millwright]
  7. [null Manufacturing Team Challenge]
  8. [null Mechanical Engineering CAD]
  9. [null Mechatronics]
  10. [null Mobile Robotics]
  11. [null Plastic Die Engineering]
  12. [null Polymechanics and Automation]
  13. [null Prototype Modelling]
  14. [null Welding]

Social and Personal Services[edit]

  1. [null Bakery]
  2. [null Beauty Therapy]
  3. [null Cooking]
  4. [null Hairdressing]
  5. [null Health and Social Care]
  6. [null Pâtisserie and Confectionery]
  7. [null Restaurant Service]

Transportation and Logistics[edit]

  1. [null Aircraft Maintenance]
  2. [null Autobody Repair]
  3. [null Automobile Technology]
  4. [null Car Painting]
  5. [null Heavy Vehicle Maintenance]
  • The list was updated to reflect the trades that are covered in WorldSkills Kazan 2019 [19]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Prabhakar, Eva. "Rebooting higher education: It's no longer one size fits all". Khaleejtimes.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Vision". Worldskills.org. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "WorldSkills™ Partnerships". 3m.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Leaders of technical and vocational education and training to gather in Abu Dhabi for WorldSkills Conference 2017". Wam.ae. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Looking for the world's best bricklayer and most perfect plumber at Abu Dhabi's skills Olympics". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Abu Dhabi prepares for tens of thousands of participants and spectators at WorldSkills competition". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "WorldSkills Kazan 2019". worldskills2019.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Members". Worldskills.org. Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "History of WorldSkills". car-o-liner.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Results". Worldskills.org. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  13. ^ "WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Results". Worldskillsabudhabi2017.com. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Russia to host 45th WorldSkills Competition in 2019". WorldSkills. Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  15. ^ "Build up to WorldSkills Kazan 2019". WorldSkills. Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  16. ^ "Signing ceremony marks the formal start of planning for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021". WorldSkills. Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  17. ^ Arai, Susumu (2016-12-05). "Japan to join bid for 2023 WorldSkills". Asia News Network. Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  18. ^ "WorldSkills 2023: Basel ist als Austragungsort bereit". www.bs.ch (in German). Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  19. ^ "Skills". worldskills2019.com. Retrieved 2018-03-06. 

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