Competitors and volunteers at the centre of a Canadian east coast celebration of skills received some top-level support – from one of the world’s most recognizable political figures.
The Nova Scotia Skills Canada Provincial Competition welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose visit saw him not just meet with participating students and apprentices, but also take a hands-on approach to raising the profile of vocational skills - by getting involved in a carpentry project.
Synergy in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) – and a shared commitment to helping young people develop the skills that can shape the future – has seen a leading global robotics provider taking its partnership with WorldSkills to a global level.
VEX Robotics has longstanding ties with WorldSkills as an established supporter of its work, mission, and philosophy on the national level, but during the Competition Preparation Week for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the collaboration was elevated to new levels.
Members of one of the teams set to showcase their vocational talents at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 have been boosted by inspirational backing from the very highest level – their president.
The WorldSkills Palestine team recently travelled to Belgium to undergo a preparatory exercise ahead of the world’s largest vocational skills competition, which will take place in the capital of the United Arab Emirates in October.
South African young people with vocational verve demonstrated their skills and had their lives change through participating in a WorldSkills South African National Competition that shone a spotlight on the drive and talent of the nations youth.
The National Competition saw 122 Competitors showcase their abilities across 22 skills– from Electric Installations and Mechatronics to IT Network Systems and Cooking. The event identified the country’s representatives for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, and emphasized its goal of fostering a new generation of artisans.
US television star Kayleen McCabe’s passion is DIY, and her support for WorldSkills is seeing her discover that when it comes to pursuing their dreams, young people around the globe can do it themselves – as long as they have the right support.
A familiar TV face, contractor, sought-after speaker, and renovation expert, Kayleen knows the value of learning a trade and the paths that it can lead to. It’s because of this that she has combined her small-screen success into breaking down barriers in the name of vocational advocacy and awareness.
Kaylee’s non-profit organization, The McCabe Foundation, aims to narrow the skills gap by encouraging young people to consider careers built around a trade. Her efforts recently led her to the African country of Zambia – where she found a huge contingent of craftspeople in the making.