By ESPO/Skills Netherlands
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.
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 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.
All results can be found at www.euroskills2008.eu.
For more information, please contact:
Marjolein Bos, PR
& Communication Manager:
A 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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WorldSkills 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.
Members of the Board of Directors were treated to a "White Hat Ceremony", which is a token of friendship in Calgary.
Walker, CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 was delighted with his team's
trip to Austria's capital, Vienna, for the WorldSkills General Assembly
"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."
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."
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.
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.
For more information on the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary please visit: www.worldskills2009.com