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Vocational skills celebrated in Finland

Competitors from home and abroad showcased their abilities to almost 100,000 visitors in a Finnish celebration of skills that has inclusivity at its core.

Taitaja – Finland’s national skills competition – took place from 15-18 May 2017 in the country’s capital Helsinki, with more than 400 young Competitors participating in 53 skills and the event attracting multinational involvement.

Hosted by Skills Finland and organized by vocational and educational training (VET) providers from the Greater Helsinki area, the national competition was accompanied by two targeted events: TaitajaPLUS, designed for Competitors with disabilities; and Taitaja9, for younger students to demonstrate how they are embracing vocational skills at an early age.

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WorldSkills from behind the lens: Podcast with Official Photographer Brian Buchsdruecker

The latest WorldSkills Champions Trust Podcast features Brain Buchsdruecker, WorldSkills Official Photographer.

For nine years Brian, of Bookstrucker Photography, has captured the most exciting WorldSkills moments. Hear from him what it is like to get the prime spot at WorldSkills events and how his perceptions of skills have evolved over the years.

To see some of Brian's work, visit www.flickr.com/photos/worldskills.

Gain a behind the scenes look at WorldSkills and listen to all the Champions Trust Podcasts.


New competition lights up Latvia’s skills development path

Every tradition has a beginning – and the Baltic nation of Latvia hopes a new tradition of skills competitions are now on the way to being established.

SkillsLatvia 2017 – the country’s first national skills competition for young professionals – drew 96 Competitors from 30 vocational education and training (VET) schools together to demonstrate their abilities and their passion for pursuing a career, under the slogan “The doer wins!”

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Celebrate World Youth Skills Day 15 July!

Join us in recognizing World Youth Skills Day on 15 July 2017 and you could win a trip to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017!

Use #SkillsForAll and #WYSD to join WorldSkills, and the United Nations, to raise awareness about the importance of youth developing skills. #SkillsForAll supports our view that everyone should have the opportunity to discover and develop their talents. Through skills individuals, communities, and countries can create a more prosperous future.

We believe that skills should be available to everyone. Share with us a skills story that demonstrates how skills have launched careers, and how they build character, confidence, and success. 

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Stepping On The Skills Accelerator In Africa

The mission to promote and enhance skills among young Africans has been highlighted at the inaugural “International Skills Excellence Forum” which was held from 2 to 5 May, 2017 in Livingstone, Zambia.

Key stakeholders from education, industry, and government in Africa visited the conference and mini skills competition which showcased the importance of skills for the career prospects of the continent’s youth. WorldSkills also held its Board of Directors meeting in Africa for the first time. Given the presence of WorldSkills Board of Directors, the participants, including the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Higher Education, had the opportunity to learn about WorldSkills and its impact on the global and national levels. 

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