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WSPE_calgary_2009.gifLooking for a way to show your Executives the true WorldSkills Experience? Then look no further. Back by popular demand, the WorldSkills Premiere Experience (WSPE) (formerly the VIP Experience) is going to be bigger and better.

The 2009 WSPE has all the same components as the 2007 VIP Experience with many great additions and improvements based on the suggestions of the participants in 2007. The 2009 event encompasses everything from the Opening Ceremony to the Closing Ceremony of the 40th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Calgary, Canada in September 2009.

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London2011.jpgAidan Jones has recently been appointed as the new Project Director for WorldSkills London 2011. For over 15 years, Aidan has worked in various Scouting roles, both in the UK and internationally, and most recently he was the Executive Director for the World Scout Jamboree held in the UK in 2007.

Recruitment of other members of the Project Team is now underway and current vacancies can be found by following the link: http://www.worldskillslondon2011.com/about/jobvacancies.html/

WorldSkills London 2011 Ltd has been established to plan and deliver the WorldSkills Competition in 2011. UK Skills continues to be responsible for managing the UK team taking part in WorldSkills Competitions (which are held every two years) and for defining and developing the legacy of the WorldSkills London 2011 event.

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By ESPO/Skills Netherlands

euroskills_cooking.jpgEuroSkills 2008, a Europe-wide competition in vocational education & training organised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands was a great success. The 420 candidates from the 29 participating European countries finished their three days of competition on Saturday, September 20th.

The EuroSkills competitions were conducted in six different domains which all had their share of winners.

At the closing ceremony directly after the competitions, Ján Figel, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, awarded gold medals to the competitors who had won the title ‘best craftsman/craftswomen' in his or her skill category. For many competitors it has been an unforgettable experience which can be used to boost their careers further.

euroskills_team.jpgEuroSkills 2008 was a celebration of craftsmanship in which skills were highlighted. It showed a lot of new skills competition concepts in which besides the individual hard skills, also soft skills like teamwork and communication were assessed. The event therefore fits in a modern educational process to prepare young students to work in businesses.

All results can be found at www.euroskills2008.eu.

For more information, please contact:
Marjolein Bos,  PR & Communication Manager:
bos@skills-netherlands.nl


Team Australia Announced

6 November 2008

skillaroos.jpgA new breed of Skillaroos were unveiled today (6th of November) as the WorldSkills Australia spotlight well and truly moved to the 40th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Calgary, Canada in September 2009. The 2009 Team Australia Skillaroos were officially announced at the Official Team Launch held at Doltone House, Sydney marking the commencement of preparations for the team as they aim to build on the success of past Australian teams – in particular the 2007 Skillaroos.

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Congratulations to the 2009 Tool Blacks! We at WorldSkills New Zealand believe we have selected a top-class team who will all perform well at the WorldSkills International Competition. This year there is a very good spread of competitors from across the country, with a good number from "the Mainland".

Now the hard work begins as we embark on the road towards Calgary. Competitors will undertake specific training in their skill, under the guidance of their Skill Expert. I hope to have two training camps with one in Christchurch to allow for a visit to CPIT to scope the venue for 2010, and the second a few weeks prior to our departure for a final briefing, team photos, etc.

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