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By Christine Scoot, Marketing and Project Coordinator, WSI

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Working group with the Calgary Protective Services Group

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. and WorldSkills International (WSI) hosted a Team Leader Working Group following the recent Technical Committee / Chief Experts' Meetings in Calgary with the goal of refining and enhancing all aspects of the Competition that relate to Team Leaders and Competitors.

During the 3-day program, the Team Leaders toured both the Competition Site and the Competitor Village, and discussed with WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd and WorldSkills International all host-related aspects of Competitor events and activities with the aim of clarifying, agreeing, and improving where possible.

The topic of everyone’s interest was the Competitor Experience. SAIT Polytechnic will serve as the Competitor Village during the Competition and discussions about turning student accommodation into a Competitors Village lead to great development in how everything is going to work during the Competition. 

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Team Leader interviews can be viewed on  WorldSkills TV right now

In addition to offering excellent accommodation for our Competitors, SAIT is equipped with excellent recreational facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, basketball courts and even an ice skating rink.

The residences where the Competitors and Team Leaders will be staying are also equipped with a laundry room, a game room and a prayer room. For a 360 degree virtual tour of the rooms click here.

Other topics discussed were improvement of the Team Leader handbook , introduction of Codes of Conduct both for Team Leaders and Competitors, Team Leader meetings structure, Ramadan, non-Competition activities, transportation, media engagement and volunteers.

The following Members/Entities participated in the Team Leaders' Working Group: Denmark, Australia, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and WorldSkills London 2011.

For more information please visit www.worldskills2009.com.  


By Christine Scoot, Marketing and Project Coordinator, WSI

team_leaders_ca.jpg
Working group with the Calgary Protective Services Group

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. and WorldSkills International (WSI) hosted a Team Leader Working Group following the recent Technical Committee / Chief Experts' Meetings in Calgary with the goal of refining and enhancing all aspects of the Competition that relate to Team Leaders and Competitors.

During the 3-day program, the Team Leaders toured both the Competition Site and the Competitor Village, and discussed with WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd and WorldSkills International all host-related aspects of Competitor events and activities with the aim of clarifying, agreeing, and improving where possible.

The topic of everyone’s interest was the Competitor Experience. SAIT Polytechnic will serve as the Competitor Village during the Competition and discussions about turning student accommodation into a Competitors Village lead to great development in how everything is going to work during the Competition. 

team_leader_2_250.jpg
Team Leader interviews can be viewed on  WorldSkills TV right now

In addition to offering excellent accommodation for our Competitors, SAIT is equipped with excellent recreational facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, basketball courts and even an ice skating rink.

The residences where the Competitors and Team Leaders will be staying are also equipped with a laundry room, a game room and a prayer room. For a 360 degree virtual tour of the rooms click here.

Other topics discussed were improvement of the Team Leader handbook , introduction of Codes of Conduct both for Team Leaders and Competitors, Team Leader meetings structure, Ramadan, non-Competition activities, transportation, media engagement and volunteers.

The following Members/Entities participated in the Team Leaders' Working Group: Denmark, Australia, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and WorldSkills London 2011.

For more information please visit www.worldskills2009.com.  


From Dave Bronconnier, Mayor of Calgary

ca_mayor.jpgOn behalf of Calgary City Council and all Calgarians it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to WorldSkills 2009 in Calgary, Canada.

The City of Calgary is proud to host this global event and celebrate excellence in skills with young talent, dignitaries and guests from around the world. We are committed to making this event a tremendous experience for all.

The important role of trades and skills for economies throughout the world can never be stressed enough. WorldSkills brings together the best of the best from around the globe to showcase your talents. Your hard work and commitment to excellence has brought you here, and your participation will inspire many others to make the skilled trades their calling.

Calgary is a proud host city and we are looking forward to making sure your experience is unforgettable.

Our city offers a wide variety of attractions to meet everyone’s tastiest interests. During your stay in Calgary, I encourage you to explore our thriving metropolitan city, embrace our warm and friendly brand of hospitality and take in our majestic surroundings.

Congratulations to all of the competitors, officials and guests. We wish you the experience of a lifetime.

For more information about WorldSkills Calgary 2009: www.worldskills2009.com


By: SkillsUSA

skills_usa.gifSkillsUSA returns to Kansas City June 21-June 26, 2009 for the 45th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.

More than 15,000 people—including students, teachers and business partners—are expected to participate in the week-long event.

The SkillsUSA Championships will be held on Thursday, June 25 in H. Roe Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium. More than 5,000 outstanding career and technical education students—all state contest winners—will compete hands-on in 91 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

skills_usa_photo.jpgStudents work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.

Competitions are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organisations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Leadership competitors will demonstrate skills including speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. The competitions will be open to the public and free of charge.

For more details visit: www.skillsusa.org/compete/skills 


By WorldSkills Calgary 2009

osoc_1.jpgCalgary elementary and middle school students, along with their parents and teachers, gathered at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, March 4, 2009 to meet the Technical Delegates during the WorldSkills International Technical Committee Meeting. The 62 students, who ranged from 8-14 years of age, were excited to be given the opportunity to represent their school at the One School, One Country official launch. “It made me feel special to go to this event and I had a spectacular time!” said grade 2 student, Anna.

Owen, grade 5 said that “it was fun to see all the Delegates from so many different countries and the atmosphere at the hotel was exciting."

”The students, lead by Tug, one of WorldSkills Calgary 2009’s mascots, paraded into the Technical Committee meeting room and introduced themselves to the Technical Delegates. Students and Technical Delegates then had the opportunity to take photos, exchange gifts and ask questions. With smiles all around the room everyone was excited and engaged in this unique event. “What wonderful opportunities this program is offering to the schools in our city” one of the Calgary teacher’s commented afterwards. With less than six months to go, all the schools involved with One School, One Country are counting down the days to when they get to ‘welcome the world’ to WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

“As I entered the Westin Hotel, I slowly started to realize the sheer magnitude and importance of this meeting. My stomach filled with butterflies as I was excited to meet the Technical Delegate…I believe this was one of the most unique and amazing experiences I’ve ever been through, and I can’t wait until the Competition next fall when the competitors come to my school” – Victoria, grade 8

osoc_2.jpg“I enjoyed my experience at this program because it gathered people from all around the world to teach kids from here in Calgary about their countries. Then the kids can teach other kids about their countries…I think that WorldSkills is a very good way for people to show off their skills while advertising their trade. I really enjoyed spending time with the delegates.” – James, grade 6.

The Technical Delegates also enjoyed the meeting a great deal: "The entire experience was very organised and it was a pleasure to meet both the student, her teacher and the principal and answer questions about my country and the Australian team. I had brought a big kangaroo that she can take back to her class and we look very much forward to visit the school September 1. "Said Technical Delegate of Australia, John Shiel. 

For more information about One School, One Country, please contact Debra Stark: debra.stark@worldskills2009.com