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WorldSkills organises the world championships of vocational skills, and is held every two years in different parts of the world. The organisation, which also hosts conferences about vocational skills, describes itself as the global hub for skills.
WorldSkills brings together young people, industry, government, education, and institutions, to promote the benefits of and need for skilled trade professionals. The aims of the competition include demonstrating the advantages of learning a vocational skill, and encouraging 'parity of esteem' between vocational and academic qualifications.
The city of Kazan, Russia, hosted the 45th WorldSkills Competition in 2019.
At the previous event, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, there were competitions in 51 skills areas with close to 1,300 young people taking part. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, took place between 15 and 18 October 2017 at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
WorldSkills currently has 85 Member countries and regions, 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.
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."
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 WorldSkills Competition is currently held every two years.
|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)|
|France||1 (1995) (Scheduled for 2023)|
|United States||1 (1981)|
|Chinese Taipei||1 (1993)|
|United Arab Emirates||1 (2017)|
|China||0 (Scheduled for 2021)|
WorldSkills Kazan 2019
The city of Kazan, Russia, hosted 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.
WorldSkills Kazan 2019, hosted in Russia, 29 August - 3 September 2019.
WorldSkills Shanghai 2022
The 46th WorldSkills event will be held in Shanghai, as confirmed by the WorldSkills General Assembly in October 2017. The event was originally scheduled for September 2021, but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, it was decided to shift the event to 2022.  The actual rescheduled date is not yet finalized but is expected to be between October to November 2022. The slogan for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 is “New Youth, New Skills, New Dream”.
WorldSkills Lyon 2024
Lyon, France was selected as the host city for the 47th WorldSkills competition. Originally scheduled for 12-17 September 2023, it has been moved back one year due to the decision to postpone by one year the 46th Worldskills event originally scheduled to be held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This will be the second time that France has hosted the WorldSkills competition, the first time being in 1995.
Medals and awards
2015 Medal Table
|1||South Korea (KOR)||13||7||5||25|
|3||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||5||7||5||17|
|Totals (5 nations)||35||37||25||97|
2017 Medal Table
|3||South Korea (KOR)||8||8||8||24|
|Totals (5 nations)||47||30||23||100|
2019 Medal Table
|3||South Korea (KOR)||7||6||2||15|
|4||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||5||5||5||15|
|Totals (5 nations)||44||34||12||90|
- Chinese Taipei
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
List of the trades represented in WorldSkills
Construction and building technology
- Architectural Stonemasonry
- Concrete Construction Work
- Electrical Installations
- Landscape Gardening
- Painting and Decorating
- Plastering and Drywall Systems
- Plumbing and Heating
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- Wall and Floor Tiling
Creative arts and fashion
- Fashion Technology
- Graphic Design Technology
- Visual Merchandising/Window Dressing
- 3D Digital Game Art
Information and communication technology
- Cyber Security
- Information Network Cabling
- IT Network Systems Administration
- IT Software Solutions for Business
- Print Media Technology
- Web Design
Manufacturing and engineering technology
- CNC Milling
- CNC Turning
- Construction Metal Work
- Industrial Control
- Industrial Mechanic Millwright
- Manufacturing Team Challenge
- Mechanical Engineering CAD
- Mobile Robotics
- Plastic Die Engineering
- Polymechanics and Automation
- Prototype Modelling
- Water Technology
Social and personal services
- Beauty Therapy
- Health and Social Care
- Pâtisserie and Confectionery
- Restaurant Service
Transportation and logistics
- Aircraft Maintenance
- Autobody Repair
- Automobile Technology
- Car Painting
- Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
- The list was updated to reflect the trades that were covered at the 45th WorldSkills competition held in Kazan, Russian in August 2019. 
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