The WorldSkills Youth Forum 2008 has now finished. It has been four
hectic days with lots of constructive discussions about the future of
the WorldSkills movement seen through the eyes of past Champions.
The YF ended with a very high-tech presentation given to the General
Assembly on September 11, 2008, who couldn’t wait to get out of their
seats to congratulate the 34 participants, rewarding their hard work
with a standing ovation. WorldSkills International would like to thank Skills Austria for
hosting the second Youth Forum, it has been a fantastic experience.
2008 Youth Forum Report
WorldSkills International President Jack Dusseldorp and Astronaut Marcos C
Austria’s finest industry,
government and educational experts joined with Brazilian astronaut, Marcos C
Pontes to inspire representatives from 43 countries and regions at the
WorldSkills Leaders' Forum 2008 in Vienna. With experience spanning Europe and
Latin America (and the galaxy!) the guest speakers offered thought-provoking
insight into world of youth, future and skills, and set an exciting tone for a
week of intense discussions that will launch WorldSkills to the next level.
presentations from representatives of Austria’s Federal Economic Chamber,
Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour and industry giants IKEA and W&H
Dentalwerk Burmoos, WorldSkills Leaders engaged in further discussion about the
future of youth in training and work during an open panel session.
In closing the morning’s high
energy discussions, WorldSkills International President Jack Dusseldorp
recognised Marcos C Pontes' outstanding achievements and welcomed him to the
WorldSkills Family as the organisation's first ever Global Skills
WSI President Jack Dusseldorp and Youth
Forum Delegates: Esben Therkildsen
WorldSkills International Executive Board and 2008
WorldSkills Youth Forum Delegates
WSI President Jack Dusseldorp and Youth Forum
Obisike from Finland
During Day 1 of the WorldSkills Youth Forum 2008, the Delegates did all sorts of activities including networking and team building. They got to know each other and more about the WorldSkills movement. In the afternoon the WorldSkills Executive Board came to visit the Delegates and share their vision for the next few days. After mingling and learning from each other, the Executive Board and the Youth Delegates made their way to the grand Vienna City Hall located in beautiful downtown. They were graciously hosted by the City for an evening of fine dining and entertainment. During the speech by WorldSkills International President Jack Dusseldorp quoted one of the Youth Forum Delegates:
“I'm Johanna Obisike from Finland. I competed in Ladies dressmaking at Shizuoka 2007. I'm going to open my own tailors shop right after Youth Forum, so I'm little bit busy at the moment.
I'm excited to come to Austria. One of the best things that WorldSkills has given me (besides the huge development of my skills during the preparation for the Competition of course) are new friends from all over the world.
I just received an e-mail from my fellow competitor from Korea. It has been wonderful to be able to keep in touch with her. At first we had to use pen and paper to communicate, draw pictures to explain what we mean. Now we are using web-translator until she learns more English.
Even though we speak different languages we share the passion for making clothes, maybe some day we'll have a chance to work together.
I hope the spirit of WorldSkills becomes even more open and that besides competing, young people have more opportunities to make friends and share knowledge.”
This shows the power of the WorldSkills movement for the young Champions that have competed at the WorldSkills Competition. It is a lasting, life changing experience for most and they are eager and willing to contribute to the further development of the movement and the WorldSkills organisations, both internationally and nationally/regionally.
Day 1 certainly set the standard for the rest of the week which will continue to engage youth in the future direction of the WorldSkills movement. We are all eagerly awaiting this input and ideas.
very first national skills competitions in Mexico held on May 28-31
were a great success. The competitions, held in various venues in
Mexico City, included a wide range of skills from Jewellery to
Mechatronics and Electrical Wiring. Mrs. Genny Gongora, the Official Delegate (OD) to
WorldSkills International (WSI) who has been the enthusiastic initiator
of Mexico’s Membership in WSI, remarked that the competitions branded
as “WorldSkills Mexico 2008” generated a lot of enthusiasm and publicity about skills training.
Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister of Industry, launches the competition
The Hairstylist competition
awards ceremony. Awards were presented by Árni Már Heimisson (back to
camera) who was the Icelandic and Nordic champion in plumbing last year
and the first Icelander to compete in a WorldSkills International Competition last year
The Icelandic National Youth Skills Competition was held on April
18-19, 2008. This was the fourth National Youth Skills Competition held
in Iceland. This year’s competition saw several significant changes,
including organisational changes, new skill categories and a longer
competition. The competition received considerable media attention and
attendance was very good.
The competition was launched by the Icelandic minister of industry,
Mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson, who remarked on the importance of raising the
profile of vocational education in Iceland and the important role of
the national skills competition in that regard. Nearly 60 contestants
competed in thirteen skill categories (ten in previous competitions).
The competition ran for two days instead of one day in previous
years. This allowed for more elaborate test projects and a more
thorough judging process. The stakes were higher for contestants this
year, since Iceland has now become a full Member of both WorldSkills
International (WSI) and the European Skills Promotion Organisation
(ESPO), which organises the EuroSkills Competition. Winners in several
skill categories will now prepare for the challenge of competing in
these international competitions.
In the future, the Icelandic National Youth Skills Competition will
be held biennially instead of annually. This will allow organisers to
better plan the event to prepare Competitors for the prospect of taking
part in larger international competitions. The competition is expected
to continue to grow in the coming years. Several trade organisations
have expressed an interest in taking part in future competitions and
the organisers already foresee the addition of at least three new skill
categories in the next competition to be held in the spring of 2010.
For more information please contact: Mr. Tryggvi Thayer, Project
Manager, Idnmennt SES – SkillsIceland.
Tel: +354 562 3370, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.skillsiceland.is