After winning the World Youth Skills Day video contest, Jacob Dawson, product design student and vlogger, was invited to Abu Dhabi to capture a behind the scenes look at the 44th WorldSkills Competition.
In his four part series, Jacob documents WorldSkills with an all access pass to the Competitor Excursion, Opening Ceremony, Competition site, and even gets first access to the Competitors as they exit the stage into the Winners Circle.
The President of WorldSkills, Simon Bartley, has been named as an Ambassador for the annual European celebration of vocational education and training, which is led by the European Commission. The European Vocational Skills Week takes place across the European Union’s 28 Member States. This year it is being held 20-24 November, and will involve hundreds of events to highlight the benefits that Vocational Education and Training (VET) brings to people of all ages.
The President of WorldSkills is one of a group of Ambassadors who have volunteered to spread the word about VET and apprenticeships. “WorldSkills and the European Commission are natural partners in the promotion of vocational skills, and education”, said Simon Bartley.
“Through our Competitions, especially the European Championships – EuroSkills – and the global WorldSkills Competition, we help young people throughout Europe and beyond discover the benefits of VET and apprenticeships. The European Commission has always been a strong supporter of our mission to raise the profile and recognition of skilled people, and European Vocational Skills Week is a great way for us to continue this important work together.”
Marianne Thyssen, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said: "Making vocational education and training a first option – not a second choice – is at the heart of the European Vocational Skills Week.”
Jyrki Katainen, the Commission’s Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, echoed this, adding: “The most competitive countries in the EU, and in the world, are those that invest most in skills.”
During European VET week WorldSkills will also announce and honour the Best of Europe competitor from the recent championships, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
The WorldSkills Champions Trust is a volunteer group of past Competitors who are the voice of young people in the WorldSkills movement. The initiative was developed by Champions for Champions at the WorldSkills Champions Forum 2014 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Their idea was to establish an advisory group to works closely throughout the year with WorldSkills.
This group works to raise levels of engagement among WorldSkills Champions and promote active involvement in WorldSkills projects, initiatives and activities. As a member of the Champions Trust you represent an exclusive network of Champions that have participated in a WorldSkills Competition. You also serve to advocate the power of skills to transform the lives of young people around the world
Competitors in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 are being encouraged to continue their WorldSkills journey once the world’s biggest showcase of vocational skills ends – by becoming members of the WorldSkills Champions Trust.
As WorldSkills bids farewell to Abu Dhabi and prepares to take its mission to WorldSkills Kazan 2019, Champions from among this year’s array of Competitors as well as WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 are invited to share their skills, abilities, and creativity to develop projects and initiatives to improve the world through the power of skills. Apply online here.
The WorldSkills flag has started its long journey to Kazan, with its formal arrival in Sochi, Russia. On 19 October 2017, the WorldSkills flag was handed over to Russia at the Closing Ceremony of the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Competition Organizers, represented by His Excellency Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and Mr Ali Al Marzouqi, CEO of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, handed over the WorldSkills flag to representatives of the Organizing Committee of WorldSkills Kazan 2019.