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23 October 2008

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It wasn't the Oscars, but it could have been when WorldSkills honoured Anders Plesner for his many years of service for WorldSkills. First serving as a Technical Delegate for Sweden at Seoul 2001, Anders Plesner has made an invaluable contribution to both WorldSkills International and Youth Skills Sweden. He was presented an honorary title and will remain an asset to the organisation.

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ukskills_euro.jpgOnly a month ago the country was celebrating the success of Team GB in Beijing, but now another UK team has picked up medals in an international competition. A team of 16 young people achieved eight gold medals at the first ever EuroSkills, a three day competition in skills ranging from farriery to cleaning.

EuroSkills is a new, pan-European, skills competition which was this year held from 18th-20th September in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Watched by around 40,000 spectators, the 400 competitors from 29 countries competed in 25 different competitions covering 49 different vocational skills.

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euroskills.jpgEuroSkills 2008 Tremendous Success

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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