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By Mikaeli Costello, WorldSkills Champions Exchange Coordinator

When WorldSkills International promised its Champions an exchange program that would open doors to first-class employers, the forward-thinking Human Resources department at Dynamate saw a unique opportunity. Lured by the chance for their staff to work with, and learn from, some of the world’s best skilled young people, Dynamate quickly extended an invitation to WorldSkills Champions into its manufacturing plants.

Home to 1200 staff, work at Dynamate is spread across three-plants; in Sweden’s North, West and just outside of Stockholm. At the core of the business are more than 500 maintenance machines, designed to perform corrective and preventative maintenance for leading truck manufacturer, Scania. These machines are under constant scrutiny to ensure stringent health and safety requirements are met and an efficient flow of production is maintained at all times. Such rigorous procedures have earned Dynamate a reputation for ‘one of the most comprehensive and well-structured maintenance strategies in the industry’.

As the crux of their business, Dynmate is very selective about who they put at the helm of operating this expensive and valuable machinery. So, you might ask, why is Dynamate so keen to invite foreign young people - whom they have not seen, nor met - to work with these machines?

'Because they’re WorldSkills Champions.'

Despite being young and not speaking Sweden’s native tongue, WorldSkills Champions have all the characteristics that high-quality employers like Scania see as essential.

‘They’re bright, skilled, hardworking and keen to learn,’ says Karina Gjedsted, Human Resources Manager for Dynamate.

‘We see an opportunity with the WorldSkills Champions Exchange to have some of the very best skilled young people work with us, and it helps us reach a new pool of talent outside Swedish borders. These young people not only bring a high level of skill, they’ve got new perspectives and unique experiences that help us to grow and learn.’

Dynamate not only see the business value in engaging WorldSkills Champions at their plants, they’re also keen supporters of the personal development of young people.

‘It’s a win-win situation. We get great workers, but we’re also able to provide young people with an opportunity to travel, experience culture and live away from their homes,’ says Karina.

‘We see great value in global exposure, for both the young people and Dynamate. Our work spreads through the Netherlands, France, Argentina and Brazil, so it makes perfect sense to have a global spread in our employee base too’.

Dynamate is already working with two WorldSkills Champions, from Nothern Ireland and Morocco, and are eagerly awaiting interest from other Champions.

‘We have found the WorldSkills Champions to be hard working, fast learners and most of all, they have great personalities. We look forward to working with more of them.’

For more information about Dynamate or the Champions Exchange contact coordinator@worldskills.org.


Come to Calgary 2009

20 August 2008

Jack Dusseldorp (President of WorldSkills International) and Richard Walker (President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009) viewing the Australian National Competition, discussing skills competitions and extending a welcome to everyone worldwide to come to the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Canada in September 2009.

For over 60 video stories featuring competitors and experts from the WorldSkills Australia National Competition visit SkillsOne.

 


General Assembly 2008

20 August 2008

wein.jpg The WorldSkills General Assembly (GA), to be held in beautiful Vienna,  Austria in September this year promises to be a large, vibrant and productive event.  Running concurrently with the GA will be the WorldSkills Leaders Forum (WSLF) and the WorldSkills Youth Forum (WSYF).

The GA meeting schedule will include the meetings of WorldSkills International's Technical and Strategy Committees (comprised of the Technical and Official Delegates respectively, representing each WorldSkills Member Country/Region), along with the WorldSkills International General Assembly.

The WorldSkills Leaders Forum will feature keynote addresses from leading voices in government, industry and education throughout Europe. For more information on the WSLF please visit: www.worldskills2008.com.


WorldSkills conducted its first ever WorldSkills Youth Forum (WSYF) for a select group of past Competitors in conjunction with the General Assembly (GA) and WorldSkills Leaders Forum in Melbourne, Australia from May 6-11, 2006.

WSYF_1.jpg The WSYF objectives are to actively encourage and support the growth of past Competitor alumni networks and associated youth activities within WorldSkills International and its Member organisations and to widen and deepen the effectiveness of WorldSkills International in line with its vision and mission. 

In terms of engaging our Competitors within the WorldSkills movement, and providing a forum in which their voices may be effectively heard, celebrated, and acted upon, the WSYF is a key event in the WorldSkills International calendar. We encourage all WorldSkills Members to select and send past Competitors to represent the voice of your skilled youth in Vienna.

Preparations for WSYF2008 are well under way. The theme for this year's Youth Forum is ‘WorldSkills Champions on the World Stage' and all the topics relate directly back to the 6 overall Action Plan goals - Releasing the full WorldSkills potential (EN, DE, FR), adopted by the GA in Shizuoka 2007. The final topics will be released soon.

WSYF_2.jpg Skills Austria has done a great job in finding the best locations for the  Champions. They will have opportunities to work in a creative environment surrounded by the beautiful gardens of the Springer Schlössl. The hotel is located just a 5 minute walk from the charming Schönbrunn Palace.

Skills Austria has activated registration for the WSYF on the GA2008 website and a detailed schedule will soon be made available.

We have set up a discussion forum dedicated to sharing ideas, suggestions and feedback between the WSYF delegates as well as other past Champions that are unable to come to Vienna. We also welcome participation from the delegates from the WSYF2006, to discuss with the WSYF2008 delegates the outcomes and final report of the last WSYF. The forum is accessible at http://forum-wsyf.worldskills.org/ .

We can't wait to share more information with you. If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me: christine.scoot@worldskills.org or visit www.worldskillsyouthforum.com where we will add frequent updates regarding the WSYF


By Skills/Compétences Canada

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The Canadian Skills Competition is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together approximately 500 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and advisors, to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas. The competition provides an opportunity for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting standards and against their peers from across the nation.  Students vie to win the honour of being crowned the best in their chosen discipline.

This 14th Canadian Skills Competition was a very special event, as it was a culmination of an incredible journey for many young Canadians vying for a place on Team Canada so that they can represent their country at the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 event.

CN_33.jpg The competition was the final major event of the year which completed a series of Pan Canadian activities designed to expose Canadian youth to trade and technology career options.  It brought together representatives from education, government, labour, business and industry who all believe that a career in trades and technology is a great first choice for our youth.  It also gathered many visitors from around the world representing WorldSkills International, the Executive Board and other dignitaries.  They were in Calgary as the national competition was the lead-up to the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competition which will be held at the very same venue, Stampede Park, Calgary Alberta September 1-6, 2009.  Canada will welcome 1,000 competitors from 50 WorldSkills Member countries/regions (representing 23 languages) to showcase their skills and demonstrate their abilities. 

As a Member of WorldSkills International, Skills/Compétences Canada www.skillscanada.com looks forward to welcoming over 150,000 spectators to WorldSkills Calgary 2009 and introducing the world to Team Canada.

"For more than a decade we have carried the trade and technology message to Canadian youth and we are very proud of the achievements of our competitors, trainers and experts.  With this history of success we look forward to the future with great anticipation and optimism." says Terry Cooke, President of Skills/Compétences Canada.

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