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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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Australia-India Skills Mission strengthens vocational skills collaboration between the nations

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.

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WorldSkills Champions visit Rwanda for Skills On The Move project

A team of six WorldSkills Champions is developing the next steps of a project that is aimed at providing skills training and expertise, to refugees and citizens in Rwanda – after the first visit by the Champions to the African country.

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.

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