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.
A skills focused delegation from Australia travelled to India in April, on a two-day mission designed to be a catalyst for greater vocational skills collaboration between the nations.
The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the country’s Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, were joined on the visit by the CEO of WorldSkills Australia, Brett Judd, two of the organization’s Board members, and some young achievers. Increasing cross-continental connections in education and skills were at the top of the agenda.
A team comprising six WorldSkills Champions is mapping out the next steps for a project aimed at providing skills training and expertise for refugees and citizens in Rwanda – after their first visit to the African nation.
Skills On The Move is a project developed around the train-the-trainers principle, born when a group of young people whose individual excellence matched by their global citizenship dedicated themselves to making a difference to other people’s lives, and helping to strengthen Rwanda’s labour market and social fabric.
The latest WorldSkills Champions Trust podcast features Brazilian Champion, Daniel Rossato. Starting his WorldSkills experience as a Competitor at WorldSkills St. Gallen 1997, Anna and Chirag sat down with Daniel, Lecturer of Technology Education at SENAI, to talk about his 20 year WorldSkills journey.
The WorldSkills Champions Trust (WSCT) is a group of nine Champions working together to promote the power of skills. Listen to all the Champions Trust podcasts to get behind the scenes insights and inspiration to pursue your own skills journey.
The Conference, 16-17 October at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, will look ahead to identify the skills of the future. Why does global unemployment remain persistently high, when so many roles are unfilled? In a globalized world, where skills know no borders, how can education and training providers respond to changing skills demands?