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The first edition of EuroSkills in Ahoy Rotterdam has been a tremendous success. From 18–20 September almost 27.000 youths visited the largest vocational event of Europe to learn about many trades and educations that can be followed in vocational education. In the meantime they supported 415 international candidates. With this newsletter we would like to inform you about results of participants, events and success stories of EuroSkills 2008.

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wsa_logo.jpgSeptember has been an extremely busy month for the team at WorldSkills Australia with perhaps the most important task being the thorough evaluation of the National competition medallists with a view to selection of the Team Australia Skillaroos for the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Canada next year. September also marked the ‘1 year to go’ milestone for the competition in Canada and following the confirmation of competition categories by WorldSkills International, WorldSkills Australia is now in a position to select our team. An official announcement will be made on the 6th of November.

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It was the first time ever that a meeting of European apprentices in such a scale was organised.

As France currently holds the presidency of the European Union, numerous French ministers joined the 12.000 young apprentices from 20 European countries and gathered at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.

The meeting was impressive, and was held under the dominant theme of exchanges between European countries, between cultures, experiences and talents. There were numerous testimonials from apprentices who were on their way to success, as well as personalities such as Alain PROST, a former Formula 1 World Champion, Franck PROVOST, a hairdresser, and Alain AFFLELOU, an optician, all of them former apprentices. All of the personalities are great role models for the youngsters who chose apprenticeship as a way of training.

It was a wonderful opportunity for Marie-Thérèse GEFFROY, President of WorldSkills France - COFOM, and Vice-President of Strategic Affairs of WorldSkills International, to present the initiatives of WorldSkills in Europe and in the world. Surrounded by the French WorldSkills team, 300 young Europeans fittingly carried the colours of WorldSkills by parading under its flags. During the two days, visits and presentations were organised by WorldSkills France - COFOM partners.

Jos De GOEY (Skills Netherlands) and Simon BARTLEY (WorldSkills London 2011) were also present at this great event, celebrating youth and apprenticeship.

Everybody was heartily invited to Calgary in 2009 and London in 2011 for the next WorldSkills Competitions!

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WorldSkills International is pleased to welcome a new Member to the family. WorldSkills International’s newest Official Delegate Julia Gutierrez de Piñeres and Technical Delegate Mariana Saker of Colombia attended our General Assembly in Vienna, where SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) Colombia was welcomed as WorldSkills International’s 50th Member.

WSI look forward to working with SENA in the future.

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View Colombia's presentation to the General Assembly.
View an interview with Colombia's Official Delegate

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Ahoy there from EuroSkills!

17 September 2008

Today was the Opening Ceremony for EuroSkills 2008 at Ahoy Rotterdam, The Netherlands. More than 400 competitors from 28 European countries (20 are WorldSkills International Members) are ready to showcase their skills in 49 different skill categories. The Ceremony highlighted the competitors, the partners and the passion among all those involved. With a new song written especially for EuroSkills, the audience and competitors danced and cheered as the energy continued to fill the night. With the preparations for the competition complete and the competitors getting ready for Day 1 of EuroSkills, the city of Rotterdam welcomed the delegates with amazing Dutch hospitality. Day 1 of the competition will  soon be here and spectators can look forward to exciting skills competitions, innovative and traditional trades, and new demonstrations of skills. There will be a combination of individual and team skills where the competitors strive to become the best of EuroSkills throughout the 3 days of competition. The Closing Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2008.


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