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Under the supervision of the General Organization of Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT), the SaudiSkills Competition was held this year in April, 2007 in Riyadh. The competitors will compete in five different trades: IT/PC network support, web design, graphic design technology, IT/software applications and automobile technology. The winners in this competition will receive professional training to represent Saudi Arabia in Shizuoka 2007. 

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By: Teemu Lindfors, Information Officer, Skills Finland

Finnish National Skills Competition, Taitaja, was held in Joensuu January 31 – February 2, 2007. Some 33,500 spectators visited the Joensuu Arena to see today’s vocational training in action. The Competition was successful and the atmosphere was cheerful with over 300 youngsters competing in 36 different skills. In every skill the best three competitors were awarded with medals. At the end of Competition a jury chose one competitor as the “Best of the Best.” This year’s “Best of the Best” was Pasi Tahkola who competed in plumbing. The winner was given the use of a Citroen car for one year. As “Best of the Best” he is committed to promoting vocational education and the Taitaja Competition during Skills Finland’s events as well as other fairs where Skills Finland is a participant. At the closing ceremony the members of Team Finland were announced. Team Finland will compete in 39 skills in Shizuoka, Japan in November 2007. In 2008 the Finnish National Skills Competition will be held in Espoo.

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By: Michelle Bussey, Marketing and Communications, WSI

WorldSkills International launched its WorldSkills Portal in March 2007. Here is a look at this incredibly exciting and powerful new tool for our WorldSkills Members. 

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South Tyrol’s youth is fit for life

By: Ramona Pranter, Landesverband der Handwerker LVH

South Tyrol’s best skilled workers in crafts and in the restaurant and gardening trades have been chosen and will be travelling to Japan in November 2007 for the WorldSkills Competition 


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His Imperial Highness, the Crown Prince Naruhito has assumed the office of Honorary President, Japan Organising Committee for the “International Skills Festival for All, Japan 2007” (JOCISF). The term of office of Honorary President commences 18 January and lasts until 21 November 2007.

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