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By WorldSkills International


Representatives of WSI Members from Korea and India, along with representatives from Global Sponsor Partner SAMSUNG, and two WSI Executive Board members were hosted recently by the Confederation of Indian Industries in New Delhi.

The purpose of the meeting, chaired by WSI President Jack Dusseldorp, was to develop an innovative skills partnership to generate benefits not only for Korea and India, but also for the wider WSI membership, particularly in the Asian region.

The initiative responds to one of the goals in the WorldSkills Action Plan, adopted in Shizuoka, to develop training and learning resources and support that help achieve WSI's mission to promote skills across the world.

Korea is one of WSI's longest standing Members with one of the strongest performance records. Many Korean champions further enhance their skill level by working for SAMSUNG.  As a WSI global sponsor, SAMSUNG will support the partnership initiative through sharing the expertise of its medallist employees as well as covering on-line training development costs associated with the partnership. HRD Korea is also keen to share its skills competition 'know how' by providing access to its training programs and standards as well as management training for those individuals in India and other Asian countries who are responsible for organising skills competitions.

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Through one of the SAMSUNG associated companies, Credu - a provider of e-learning expertise and materials to companies and institutions around the world - a proposal was made to collaborate with Skills India to develop and pilot 2 or 3 high performance e-learning modules featuring Korean skill champions and piloting them in the Indian VET system to see whether they effectively transmit WSI performance standards in key manufacturing and service sector skills across different cultures.

India, with its highly developed IT skills and familiarity with e-learning systems, was seen to be an ideal testing ground to see whether "hands on" skills could be effectively enhanced utilising the latest IT interactive technology, along with face to face instruction, to a range of ability groups in a trial of some 1,000 students.

If the approach proves to be successful, it is proposed to expand the skills e-learning system for use by all members through the WSI website.

For its part, the Confederation of Indian Industry plans to establish a WorldSkills Learning Centre as a dissemination hub for skill standards with support from international and national sponsors. This will be the first such centre to be created under the WorldSkills banner anywhere in the world.

Speaking after the meeting, President Dusseldorp said, 

"The combination of an E-Learning Skills initiative backed by SAMSUNG, and the first WorldSkills Learning Centre to be set up here in India by CII will make a huge contribution to our shared goal to bring high skill performance standards to young people who currently don't have access to them. This partnership initiative underscores the value of WorldSkills as global network of individuals, agencies and companies committed to shared success in skills and prosperity." 


ISF_1.jpgMore than 41,000 primary, junior and senior high school students and 23,000 students from Shizuoka prefecture had the opportunity to experience first hand knowledge of so many professional skills. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students to find out about so many skills and trades in one location. The WorldSkills Competition improved the image of vocational training, skills and trades through committed Competitors and Experts.

The WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka provided activities and exchange for international friendship, by making the Competitors Village a reality and by providing the unique ‘One School One Country' program.  WSC2007 was the most magnificent event ever held in Shizuoka, considering the time duration and the number of participants and visitors. Hotels and facilities in Shizuoka implemented Universal Design for accessible, comfortable and safe use by everyone. 

The media encouraged the public awareness by highlighting the young Champions and their professional skills. National media (NHK) broadcasted the profile of the 39th WorldSkills Competition in a 60 minute special TV program in December 2007 and another 90 minute live TV program on the ‘Coming of Age Day', January 14 2008. It was an eye opener for the young public and it also reached out to business people. Shizuoka Prefecture and its surrounding cities have become well known in the whole world.

For more information please contact: Mitsy Kawakami, JOCISF

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With the buzz of the WorldSkills Competition etched fondly in our memory, September 2008 brings another exciting opportunity for WorldSkills Champions to reunite, reminisce and share their thoughts on the WorldSkills Competition at the 2008 WorldSkills Youth Forum.

Aside from sharing more good times, constructive discussion & feedback and creative thoughts, WorldSkills Champions will also enjoy an exciting social program which includes exploring the beautiful sights and sounds of Vienna, Austria alongside the WorldSkills General Assembly.

On hand to give a sneak preview of some of Vienna's greatest attractions is WorldSkills Champions Exchange representative and Youth Forum Assistant Co- ordinator from Austria, Cornelia Imser (Beauty Therapy):

2009_cornelia.jpg "I am looking forward to helping WorldSkills Champions join together, have fun and exchange valuable information about our skills, work and passions, and I will also enjoy sharing some of Austria's history and beautiful landmarks with the 2008 Youth Forum group."

"My favourite site in Austria is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Schönbrunn Palace . Why? With spectacular gardens and parks, you will experience a magnificent world of Baroque culture. Inside the palace you'll learn all sorts of interesting facts about the imperial family and afterwards you can enjoy a relaxing stroll around the gardens. I would recommend that anyone who visits Vienna should visit Schönbrunn."

More information about the 2008 WorldSkills Youth Forum program, costs and workshops will be available by April. For more information please contact Christine Scoot

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 unveiled its two official mascots on November 17, 2007, at the 39th WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka, Japan.

Two Clydesdale horses, named Tug and Tess, have been selected as the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 mascots. Clydesdale horses were chosen as symbols for WorldSkills Calgary 2009 because the horses are known for their hard work and dedication to duty.

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"We are thrilled with Tug and Tess as official mascots for WorldSkills Calgary," says Kerry Moynihan, Vice President External. "Tug and Tess will be used in a fun way to bring awareness to skilled trades and technology as well as the WorldSkills Competition that Calgary will host in September 2009."

Names for the male and female horses were selected through a province-wide (Alberta, Canada) contest. A total of 275 entries were received and the winning entry was for the names Tug and Tess, submitted by Brenda Perry, a resident of High Prairie, Alberta.

For submitting the winning entry Brenda will receive a Samsung flat screen television and a package of Makita power tools provided by Calgary Fasteners and Tools.

As official mascots of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, Tug and Tess took part in the WorldSkills Competition Closing Ceremony that was held on Wednesday, November 21, 2007.

Over 900 competitors from 49 countries are anticipated to participate in the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary in September 2009.

For more information please contact: Kerry T. Moynihan, WorldSkills Calgary 2009:

By Michelle Bussey, Marketing and Communications, WorldSkills International

Official delegate for Jamaica, Kevin Mullings at the GA in Shizuoka
Official delegate for Jamaica, Kevin Mullings at the GA in Shizuoka

At the final General Assembly meeting at the WorldSkills Shizuoka 2007 Competition, the WorldSkills Members voted Jamaica to be the host for its 2010 General Assembly.

Both Jamaica and Singapore were vying for the right to host the 2010 General Assembly (GA). They both offered outstanding facilities and attractions that would provide a first class event plus unique cultural experiences. Via a voting process, Jamaica was the winner.

As part of their bid presentation, Jamaica said the GA2010 would:

  • Launch the WorldSkills brand in the Caribbean
  • Bring national and regional attention to skills development
  • Tie in with the first Caribbean Skills Competition with 15 potential new members

The Caribbean is a business and services destination and there is movement towards a Caribbean Single Market Economy. Promoting a skills respect culture is essential to economic success and hosting the WorldSkills General Assembly will provide a great marketing and exposure boost towards supporting Jamaica's goals in this direction.

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