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WorldSkills Conference 2017 aims to ensure vocational skills meet the needs of a changing world

A high-level global conference as part of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 – the world championship of vocational skills – has today got under way, with its focus being on shaping the future of vocational education and training.

Government and industry representatives, experts, thought-leaders, and young people from around the world are participating in the two-day WorldSkills Conference 2017 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), which is being held under the theme of ‘Skills Strategies for a Globalized World’. The Conference is hosted in partnership with ACTVET.

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Groundbreaking Summit at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 brings international ministers together to focus on future of vocational education and training

Key decision-makers from around the world have gathered in the United Arab Emirates to discuss how technical and vocational skills can play a key part in shaping the economies and societies of the future, at a groundbreaking summit on the sidelines of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

The 44th edition of the WorldSkills Competition – the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world – is taking place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 15-18 October, the first time it has been held in the Middle East and North Africa region.

And alongside the event, the first-ever Ministers TVET Summit is seeing ministers of education, skills, industry and business from five continents discuss developments in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), with the aim of ensuring it continues to nurture skills that meet market needs and provide young people with pathways to rewarding and impactful careers.

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Excitement, determination, and nerves – how WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Competitors are feeling on Day One

Just hours into their WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 experience, young people from across the world whose talents are being placed centre-stage at the world championship of skills are already relishing the challenge.

Around 1,300 Competitors from 60 WorldSkills Member countries and regions are participating in the 44th edition of the WorldSkills Competition, which is taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 15-18 October.

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WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Starts In Spectacular Fashion In The UAE

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the world championships of vocational skills, has officially opened in the capital of the UAE. The event began with a spectacular opening ceremony at the du Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, which was attended by 10,000 people. It was an exciting and colourful celebration of vocational skills and their place in the history of the UAE.

During WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 1,300 competitors from across the globe will compete to be the very best in their chosen Skills. There will be competitions in 51 different Skills ranging from floristry to bricklaying; aircraft maintenance to mobile robotics.

Almost 60 WorldSkills Member countries and regions have entered teams to compete. WorldSkills promotes vocational skills through its membership, which represents two thirds of the world’s population. The event is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. 

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Champions return to WorldSkills Competition to share experiences and help to shape the future of skills

They know what it takes and what it means to be WorldSkills winners – and now they’re preparing to pass on their experience to those hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Members of the WorldSkills Champions Trust (WSCT) – a collective of young professionals who have shone in a range of categories at previous editions of the world championship of vocational skills – are heading to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 to lend their expertise, in the Competition itself and in both the WorldSkills Conference 2017 and the International TVET Youth Forum that take place on its sidelines.

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