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Colombia's SENA Celebrating 60 Years

The key driver of vocational skills development in Colombia is celebrating 60 years by setting its sights on expanding its mission, and helping to shape the future of the South American nation.

The National Learning Service – known as SENA, an acronym of its Spanish title – was established in 1957 through an agreement between the Colombian government and the country’s private sector and trade unions, and is now its biggest vocational education and training (VET) institution, supporting five million Colombians to learn and hone new skills each year.

A Member of WorldSkills since 2008, SENA boasts 33 offices across Colombia, with 117 training centres in its biggest cities, and has broadened its reach and its impact by establishing 270 mobile classrooms which allow it to provide training and guidance to Colombians living in remote areas and smaller cities. 

Described by Yesid Rusinque, Technical Delegate, as “a keystone in building a new country of peace”, the institution counts members of the FARC guerrilla group among those it helps, to ease their integration into society and provide them with fresh purpose."

“SENA is becoming an important referent for Colombia, as the quality of its training program continues to improve and reaches international standards, and that is mainly because of its status as part of WorldSkills,” explained Mr Rusinque, as the institution marked its diamond anniversary.

“Over the past 60 years, SENA has been increasing its coverage, including across all the key knowledge sectors, and consistently growing among all the departments [territorial subdivisions] of the country, developing training services in all of these departments’ capital cities and most of Colombia’s middle-sized cities, and even reaching small and faraway cities.”

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Vlog-master Jacob chosen to tell the WorldSkills story after winning #SkillsForAll video contest

A two-minute video focusing on dunes, dreams, and dedication to design has led to a student from New Zealand being selected as the official vlogger for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Jacob Dawson’s light-hearted but inspiring video – in which he outlines how a devotion to hard work and pursuing his ambitions is now seeing him reap the rewards of perfecting a skill – was selected as the winner of the #SkillsForAll World Youth Day social media competition, and means he will now chronicle the human stories behind the world championships of skills this October in the United Arab Emirates.

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Welcome Almaz and Altyn the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Mascots

Welcome Almaz and Altyn the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Mascots. The official WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Mascots were announced in Russia on July 15th during the celebration of the Tatar national holiday Sabantuy and World Youth Skills Day.

The Mascots boast traditional Tatar names – Almaz for the boy and Altyn for the girl.

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WORLDSKILLS CONFERENCE 2017: Skills strategies for a globalized world

In celebration of World Youth Skills Day, WorldSkills is giving away two passes to the WorldSkills Conference 2017, 16-17 October in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Early registration is encouraged as the event is currently 80% full. This world-class Conference featuring a veritable Who’s Who of VET from around the globe will explore how the fourth industrial revolution will change how we learn, live, and work. 

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An impressive collection of 70 videos from 24 countries and regions were submitted for our #SkillsForAll World Youth Day social media competition.

Youth from around the globe demonstrated creativity and skills, in a two minute video, for the chance to be our official vlogger at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Our winner will receive exclusive access to the event. They will go behind the scenes to capture what it takes to put on the world’s largest skills competition and help us tell the stories of people who make it happen.

The winner will be announced on the WorldSkills Facebook page on World Youth Skills Day, 15 July. View our gallery of submissions.

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