March 17th was a historic and record-breaking day for skills competitions in the Netherlands. The largest ever competition in the country’s history was held with more than 70 skill competitions for ages 14-16 and above 18.
The Closing Ceremony attracted around 3,000 spectators who witnessed the optimism of Dutch Champions who are newly motivated to take on the next steps in their careers. Some will continue to represent the Netherlands at EuroSkills 2018, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary from 26-28 September.
WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Netherlands, invite you to the WorldSkills Conference 2018, 15–16 October 2018, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Through a series of keynotes, world cafés, workshops, best practices sessions, and visits to local enterprising skills initiatives, WorldSkills Conference 2018 will create conversations on the global future of skills. This is an interactive conference designed for both the national and international Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) community.
VCOM, a high-tech educational technology enterprise, has become the latest global partner of WorldSkills International, joining a group of leading industry partners dedicated to lending their expertise to the worldwide hub of skills.
Established in the Guangdong Province of China more than 20 years ago, VCOM not only helps develop the most advanced and evolving technology in the computer networking field - but its products have also helped to build a leading training platform in China, with VCOM training products being used in 2,000 vocational schools, vocational colleges, technical schools, and public training centers across the country.
The international leg of the WorldSkills Flag Relay has got underway in Madrid, Spain, where international skills competitions began in 1950. The ceremony included the formal arrival of the WorldSkills Flag, and a parade of the flags of all 44 previous WorldSkills Competitions. Former competitors, as well as young volunteers who study at the Institute Virgen de la Paloma where the first international skills competition was held, were at the heart of the event.
There was also a presentation of the next global skills competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which will be held in Russia in August next year. The WorldSkills Competition brings together the very best young talent in vocational skills and trades, to compete to be world champions in more than 50 different skills.
It is a year since WorldSkills publicly made its commitment to HeForShe, the United Nations solidarity campaign for gender equality. This was in the main, symbolic – an attempt by our movement to highlight the continued disparity between the opportunities that young women and men face as they pursue careers in vocational skills.
This year more WorldSkills Members have publicly stated their commitment to the campaign – 49 of our 79 Members have now backed HeForShe. We are delighted by this progress but urge more Members to make this commitment to changing gender inequalities in our field.
Of course, symbolism only goes so far. We all have walk the walk, and not just talk the talk. Writing this time last year, we stressed that Skills have no gender.