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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.

For more information, please visit:
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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Starting a revolution

13 September 2008

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 2008 Youth Forum Report

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WorldSkills International President Jack Dusseldorp and Astronaut Marcos C Pontes


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.

Following inspirational 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 Ambassador.

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 Delegate, Johanna 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.