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.
Only 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 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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September 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.
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.
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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