On November 15, 2007 from 14:00-16:00 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in
Tokyo, Japan, WorldSkills International will be hosted as part of the
VIP Experience four concurrent seminars focusing on global skills
issues. They were carefully selected with the registered VIP
participants in mind. Each VIP was able to attend two of the four
sessions as each session was conducted twice. Each session was
approximately 50 minutes in length consisting of a 20 minutes
presentation and a 30 minute question and answer and discussion period.
The four sessions are described below.
Seminar #1: Why Competitions? The need, the support, the
This session was broken into different
- Host Country’s needs and reasons to host
a WorldSkills Competition and the enormous benefits the country
receives both economically and socially by hosting this unique
- Why companies support the WorldSkills movement
and why they are looking to raise the awareness and promotion of skills
throughout the world.
- What benefits do Competitors receive
from their involvement in WorldSkills and why their continued
involvement in the WorldSkills movement is important.
Director, Ministry of Education
President of Skills Finland
and training in modern societies should provide a broad skills base
relevant to industry and services – and at the same time highlight
excellence in skills at every level. Skills competitions are a unique
way to put skills in a spotlight. They are competitions with a
difference. Competitions promote skills and high standards of
competence for the achievement of economic success and individual
Masters Degree in Law 1983, University of Helsinki (Human Rights in Criminal
Timo Lankinen joined Finnish Ministry of Education in 1984. During 1984
– 1997 he worked as Project Manager and as Government Counsellor with
major development projects in the field of education, training and
science policies in Finland (f.ex. the total Reform of the Educational
Legislation) and in relation to the European Union education and
training policies and structural funds.
1997 he has been Director for Vocational Education and Training. He has
actively taken part in education and training policy-making by chairing
committees and projects, writing articles and books and lecturing
especially at national and at European Union level. His latest task in
2007 has been to act as Special Rapporteur to evaluate the position,
role and tasks of the Finnish National Board of Education and the
national steering of the educational branch in a changing environment –
a task based on the Government Programme of the Prime Minister Matti
Vanhanen´s second Cabinet.
He is a member of the
Directors-Generals for Vocational Training in EU (DGVT) and Advisory
Committee for Vocational Training in EU (ACVT) and the Governing Board
of European Training Foundation (ETF). He has been responsible for the
Finnish Presidencies of European Union in 1999 and 2006 in the field of
vocational education and training.
Director of Asia Pacific
Education Programs for Autodesk, Inc
leads a team that is focused on introducing Autodesk's 3D Design
products to the next generation of architects, engineers and
designers. The Asia Pacific Education team works with educators to
drive the adoption of Autodesk tools within technology and academic
curriculums in secondary, post secondary, undergraduate and post
graduate design education. The team consists of members from Japan,
Korea, China, India, ASEAN and ANZ. In addition to working with
institutions and faculty, the team spearheads a global student
community at https://students.autodesk.com.
The Student Engineering and Design community provides students with
access to Autodesk 3D Design tools, learning resources and global
networking to help prepare them for visionary careers.
Tom was the Senior Manager for the Asia Pacific education and marketing
team, where he was responsible for marketing of Autodesk's products
through multiple sales channels, including reseller partners throughout
Asia Pacific. Tom has more than eighteen years of sales and marketing
experience in the high tech industry, specifically in marketing and
educational channel sales. Tom started his career as designer with
Thyssen Krupp – a German heavy engineering conglomerate. Tom has been
with Autodesk since 1996, and held various positions within technical
sales, marketing, strategic initiatives and educational sales in Asia
Tom holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree
in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Machine Design.
Kian Ann Tan
Ann competed and won the gold medal in the Seoul 36th WorldSkills
competition in 2001, in the area of IT-Software Applications. Kian Ann
then represented Singapore at the inaugural WorldSkills Youth Forum in
Melbourne, Australia in 2006 and has been assisting in the development
of an Alumni group for WorldSkills Competitors in Singapore.
on the knowledge and experience gained in WorldSkills, Kian Ann is now
helping small businesses market their products and services on the
Internet using various technologies, including blogs and social
Seminar #2: The Youth Experience
WorldSkills exists to promote excellence in skills among youth
around the world. In this session young champions told their stories
and outline what WorldSkills and skills in general have done for them.
These youth have inspirational and eye-opening stories to tell that
government, education and industry need to hear to connect with the new
generation of skilled workers.
2006, Mikaeli Costello helped to co-ordinate the first ever WorldSkills
Youth Forum in Melbourne, Australia - bringing together 35 former
Competitors from 16 WorldSkills Members to help provide feedback to the
Executive Board about their vision for the future of WorldSkills.
is now putting part of this vision into practice with the launch of the
WorldSkills Champions Exchange, an initiative designed to help former
Competitors connect to the global skills economy by providing
opportunities for 'Champions' to live, work and enhance their skills in
another Member country/region.
comes from Australia but has
spent the last 18 months living and working in London.
was a gold medalist in Automotive Technology at the WorldSkills
Competition in Helsinki, Finland in 2005. He was also awarded the ‘best
of nation’ prize for Ireland, which is an award for the highest scoring
person from each country. Ross represented Ireland again at the
WorldSkills Youth Forum in 2006, and completed an exchange placement
with a Ferrari car garage in Sydney, Australia immediately after.
Ross is now working for Land Rover Ireland
National Sales Company as technical service advisor.
Seminar #3: Raising the bar in Competitions in 2009, 2011,
This session investigated and explored the future of WorldSkills
Competitions. Our next two Host Members, Canada and United Kingdom
showed how they plan to raise the global awareness of the skills agenda
by dramatically increasing media visibility and the WorldSkills brand
recognition. One of WorldSkills newest Members outlined how they have
used the WorldSkills brand to lift the focus on skills excellence in
their country. The audience had an opportunity to comment on these
President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009
Walker is the President and Chief Executive Officer for WorldSkills
Calgary 2009. He is responsible for the planning of the lead-up,
launch and legacy for the 40th WorldSkills Competition to be held at
Stampede Park in September 2009.
Prior to joining WorldSkills
Calgary 2009, Mr. Walker was the Chief Executive Officer of the Jubilee
Auditoria Foundation, a non-profit organization that worked in
partnership with the Government of Alberta to restore and renovate the
twin Jubilee Auditorium Performing Arts Theatres in time for Alberta’s
Centennial in 2005. Before that, he was National Director of
Fundraising, Marketing and Membership for Ducks Unlimited Canada. In
the early 1990’s he was recruited by the University of Alberta to
establish and manage the Southern Alberta Liaison Office and coordinate
the south Alberta portion of their very successful capital campaign.
He has experience in residential subdivision development, golf course
and resort planning as well as the oil and gas industry.
professional Project Manager by training, Mr. Walker holds a Bachelor
of Science Degree from the University of Victoria and is an Alumni of
the Banff Centre School of Management. He has been a guest lecturer at
the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Technology and the University of
Victoria as well as key note speaker at several conferences including
the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Alberta
Construction Labour Relations Association.
Executive of UK
Skills is a not for profit organisation which champions skills and
learning for work through competitions and awards. Established in 1990
it has the prime purpose of raising skills levels in the UK through
skills competitions and managing the UK Team which competes in the
WorldSkills Competition. UK Skills was at the heart of the successful
bid to bring WorldSkills to London in 2011. UK Skills also manages the
National Training Awards and other skills related events.
has extensive experience in the learning and skills sector and in
industry. He is a past Chair of the CBI SME Council and currently a
member of their Education and Training Committee. He leads for Sector
Skills Councils on the development of Diplomas and is Chair of
SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the Building Services
Engineering Sector. He is a member of the City & Guilds Council
and the Skills Commission. He also plays a number of other significant
roles in organisations such as the British Standards Institute, the
Centre for Enterprise and the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers.
particular interests are Vocational Education, especially in Small and
Start-up Businesses. His hobbies are sailing and skiing, opera and
Delegate WorldSkills Jamaica and Senior Programmes Director of the
Human Employment and Resource Training Trust. (HEART Trust NTA). HEART
Trust /NTA is the premier national training agency in the Caribbean
joined HEART/NTA in August 1991 and has served in various managerial
positions including, Director of Compliance and Remittance from January
1996 to May 2004 and Senior Programmes Director since 2004. His main
responsibility is that of the general administration and management of
programme delivery, ensuring relevance of training assessment and
certification services for workforce development and productivity
enhancement. In this capacity, he facilitates, integrates, directs and
reviews the operations of Programme Directors, while working with
institutions and projects to ensure relevant and effective programmes
Kevin holds a Masters in Finance and Bachelors
in Management from the University of the West Indies. He has an
interest in Strategic Planning and has pursued a number of related
development courses over the years.
He is an Adjunct
Faculty member of the Vocational Training Development Institute, the
tertiary arm of HEART/NTA, lecturing in strategic management.
is a trained facilitator in Log Frame Planning Methodology and has
facilitated strategic planning sessions utilizing this methodology
within HEART/NTA, as well as for departments of the Jamaican Tax
Administration System and regionally with the Caribbean Association of
National Training Agencies.
Excitingly married for 11 years,
with one daughter, Kevin is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club
where he serves on the managing committee. He enjoys travelling.
Seminar #4: State of the art methods to promote the image
Presented by “SkillsOne”, an organisation that is doing incredibly
innovative things in Australia to grab the attention of youth,
employers, parents, educators and governments. They are using all the
latest technologies and media to engage the public. “SkillsOne” will
share their secrets to creating a positive image for careers in skills
Peter Sjoquist AM
Producer - Rock Eisteddfod Challenge®, Croc Festival®, Rock Challenge®,
Stage Challenge®, Global Rock Challenge™ and SkillsOne™
Sjoquist has worked in television, film and the live event industry for
35 years as Production Accountant, Unit Manager, Associate Producer,
Producer and Executive Producer. Peter worked at Channel 7, Granada TV,
ITC Entertainment, General Cinema Corporation and the Nine Network
before starting his own production consulting company – Scorpio
Investments Pty Ltd with his wife Helen.
Peter was involved
in the Voyage of the Damned, The Boys from Brazil, The Eagle has
Landed, Capricorn One, the Royal Charity Concert for the Queen (1980),
opening of the Sydney Entertainment Centre (1983), Narara Festival
(1984), Crocodile Dundee (1985), opening of the Bicentenary (1988) and
Ferngully – the Last Rainforest (1990). In the eighties, he also acted
as Co-Producer for the entertainment at several AFL, Rugby League and
Rugby Union events, and as producer for television specials for John
Farnham, Boy George, Cliff Richard, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan’s segment
in the 2001 Academy Awards.
In 1996, he was Co-Executive Producer for
the movie The Phantom
starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Billy Zane. In 2000 with the eyes of
the world on Sydney, Peter was responsible for producing the television
coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000
Since 1988, Peter has undertaken the role of
Executive Producer on the highly successful Rock Eisteddfod Challenge®,
and in 1998, with Helen, initiated the Croc Festival® (promoting
positive lifestyle messages for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
in rural and remote areas of Australia) with related television
programs. In 2004, the Junior Rock Eisteddfod Challenge®, now known as
JRock™ was launched in Australia for primary schools. These events
attract around 50,000 school students from around Australia each year.
the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® concept is staged in New Zealand, the
United Kingdom, Germany, UAE, Japan and South Africa to form the Global
Rock Challenge™ with some 100,000 students on stage each year.
is also Executive Producer of SkillsOne™ a new initiative of the
industry led, Australian Government funded Institute for Trade Skills
Excellence established to elevate the status of trades, promote
excellence in Registered Training Organisations and excellence in
trades teaching. SkillsOne™ is a multi-media digital platform being
produced by the Australian Channel with 18 hours of television to be
screened on Foxtel and Austar Channel 183 and on the web commencing on
28th July 2007.
Peter is a graduate of Macquarie University
(BA) in Accounting and a Master of Science in Broadcast Administration
from Boston University (MSc). He is a Fellow Certified Public
Accountant (FCPA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company
Directors (FAICD), and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute
of Management (AFAIM).
In 2001, Peter was awarded the Social
Entrepreneur of the Year award by the NSW Benevolent Society which was
presented by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable John
Howard, and in April 2003 Peter was awarded the Centenary Medal for his
work with Indigenous education, youth affairs and Croc Festival®.
Peter became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on Australia Day
2004 for service to the visual and performing arts, to youth through
Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® and Croc Festival® and to the community.
In 2007, Peter was awarded the Macquarie University
Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
WorldSkills Leaders Forum
At the WorldSkills Leaders Forum luncheon on the Competition site on
November 16 from 12:00-13:30 Samsung Electronics presented their
perspective on the global skills agenda, their experience as a
multinational company with a presence around the world and how they are
responding to the skills challenge as a company.
Dr. Ji Oh Song
Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor
for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Song gave the keynote presentation on “New Technology Transforms
Skilled Work” during the WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2007. The
presentation is available here: