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By ESPO/Skills Netherlands

euroskills_cooking.jpgEuroSkills 2008, a Europe-wide competition in vocational education & training organised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands was a great success. The 420 candidates from the 29 participating European countries finished their three days of competition on Saturday, September 20th.

The EuroSkills competitions were conducted in six different domains which all had their share of winners.

At the closing ceremony directly after the competitions, Ján Figel, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, awarded gold medals to the competitors who had won the title ‘best craftsman/craftswomen' in his or her skill category. For many competitors it has been an unforgettable experience which can be used to boost their careers further.

euroskills_team.jpgEuroSkills 2008 was a celebration of craftsmanship in which skills were highlighted. It showed a lot of new skills competition concepts in which besides the individual hard skills, also soft skills like teamwork and communication were assessed. The event therefore fits in a modern educational process to prepare young students to work in businesses.

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Team Australia Announced

6 November 2008

skillaroos.jpgA new breed of Skillaroos were unveiled today (6th of November) as the WorldSkills Australia spotlight well and truly moved to the 40th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Calgary, Canada in September 2009. The 2009 Team Australia Skillaroos were officially announced at the Official Team Launch held at Doltone House, Sydney marking the commencement of preparations for the team as they aim to build on the success of past Australian teams – in particular the 2007 Skillaroos.

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Congratulations to the 2009 Tool Blacks! We at WorldSkills New Zealand believe we have selected a top-class team who will all perform well at the WorldSkills International Competition. This year there is a very good spread of competitors from across the country, with a good number from "the Mainland".

Now the hard work begins as we embark on the road towards Calgary. Competitors will undertake specific training in their skill, under the guidance of their Skill Expert. I hope to have two training camps with one in Christchurch to allow for a visit to CPIT to scope the venue for 2010, and the second a few weeks prior to our departure for a final briefing, team photos, etc.

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WSTV.jpgWorldSkills International is delighted to announce the launch of an innovative and accessible new approach to skills videos - WorldSkills TV.

WorldSkills TV is comprised of a comprehensive selection of skills-related short videos which are available for download and use by all skills stakeholders.

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By WorldSkills Calgary 2009

Members of the Board of Directors were treated to a "White Hat Ceremony", which is a token of friendship in Calgary.

Richard Walker, CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 was delighted with his team's trip to Austria's capital, Vienna, for the WorldSkills General Assembly 2008.

"The 2008 WorldSkills International General Assembly in Vienna was extraordinarily important for us", said Richard Walker. "We were able to present our plans, packages and preparations to the Delegates and answer any and all questions they had."

"Having the City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary personnel with us was very helpful as we addressed issues ranging from - "Where can I get a babysitter in Calgary? To how far away are the mountains?"

"The Delegates at the General Assembly left knowing that Calgary is ready to host the 40th WorldSkills Competition."

"We had an excellent series of meetings in Vienna. From the General Assembly to one-on-one meetings with Global Sponsors, our Calgary Team was kept busy."

Representatives from WorldSkills Calgary 2009 were also energised by the presentation by the Youth Forum.

"It was great to see some of the past Champions investing so much time and effort into creating ideas that will strengthen the WorldSkills organisation, while at the same time leaving a legacy for future Competitors," said Brian Pardell, Vice-President Operations of WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

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