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Join the WorldSkills Secretariat

The WorldSkills International Secretariat is hiring! This is a rare and exciting opportunity for two individuals to join the small and dedicated team, which brings you the WorldSkills Competition, the Conference, and so much more.

We are seeking a Director Operations to join the Senior Management Team. The successful applicant to this newly created role will oversee operational activities and provide project management for the planning and the implementation of the WorldSkills Competition, the Conference, and the General Assembly. The deadline for applications is Monday 4 June.

We are also looking for a Manager Infrastructure. This individual will manage all infrastructure requirements for the skills competitions, including identification and specification of materials and equipment, as well as workshop layout and utilities and services required. The deadline for this post is also Monday 4 June.

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Korea strengthen skills training in ten developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia

Skills are for sharing.

That’s the message from Korea which has pledged to strengthen skills training in ten developing countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

In April, Human Resources Development Service of Korea, led talks at the Global Institute for Transforming Skills (GIFTS) .

The goal was to create a Capacity Building Partnership for Skills Development. This will see Korea taking part in new skills initiatives in Zambia, Namibia, Mongolia, Costa Rica, and Colombia where there is already a WorldSkills presence, and in Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Azerbaijan which are not WorldSkills Members.

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Meet Caroline Söderqvist of the Champions Trust

As a helicopter technician, Caroline Söderqvist is no stranger when it comes to knowing what it feels like being a woman is a male-dominated field.

Addressing this stereotype is a one of her key objectives as she embraces her role as one of the newest members of the WorldSkills Champions Trust, a collective of young professionals who are helping advocate and promote the WorldSkills message.

“It is not easy being a woman in this kind of male-dominated field, and I’ve encountered some difficulties,” said the 24-year-old from Mjölby, Sweden. "My hope is that the more women people see in these types of fields, the easier it will get for them, and also that it becomes obvious to everyone all over the world that women belong there as well." 

"Part of why I wanted to be a member of the WorldSkills Champions Trust was to set that example. I think promoting and lifting women who are in the business is the best way to make people aware, and make everyone realize that we can do this job as well."

“In this way, I think skills competitions are the best way to display skills. To shine light on them, get people’s attention, and make them aware of these career paths that they otherwise might not even had considered or knew existed. Same thing goes for the more gender specific skills. It shows the world that there are talented women and men working in the different skills, and it might open the eyes of those still holding on to the stereotypes."

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Meet Kieron Kohlmann of the Champions Trust

Car professional Kieron Kohlmann wants to amplify the need for vocational skill development across the world.

Kieron believes there is a void in vocational skills uptake among global youth - and feels WorldSkills can help close that gap. In his new role on the WorldSkills Champions Trust, representing the Americas, Kieron, hopes to be part of the solution to the problem.

"In a time where education costs are at an all-time high, skills provide an excellent opportunity to obtain education that leads to a marketable career."

“The ever-increasing demand for skilled workers, means we have to do a better job of supporting youth pursue skilled profession.”

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Meet Anna Prokopenia of the Champions Trust

As a pastry chef, Anna Prokopenia believes she can tell a story with a dessert, and share untold mysteries with the creative inventions she whips up in the kitchen.

Now, it is the story of WorldSkills that the 24-year-old Russian wants to share, by continuing her role as a returning member of the WorldSkills Champions Trust.

Anna first carved her name out in her home country in May 2014, competing in the Pâtisserie and Confectionary Skill in the National Competition, before taking to the international arena at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

"I remember I was dedicated to giving as good a performance as I could,” she recalled. "It was my chance to prove that I hadn't chosen this profession by chance - that I had an actual talent. And the Competition was a door, which opened for me, and behind this door there were a road, full of difficulties, but which led me to the profession I enjoy today.”

Anna says after embracing her chosen career she has never looked back, saying her craft lights a spark inside. 

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