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.
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.
A unique opportunity for the global voice of youth to have its say on the future of vocational skills is taking place on the sidelines of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
The first International TVET Youth Forum will be held from 14-15 October, alongside the 44th edition of the world’s largest and most prestigious skills competition, as young professionals from around the world who have spent months discussing and analyzing global skills challenges while based in their own countries finally come together to send a united message.
This Declaration will be presented to global decision-makers on the opening day of the WorldSkills Conference 2017, taking place from 16-17 October at ADNEC, and is designed to launch a skills legacy, providing a foundation for further discussion that catalyzes tangible action and ensures WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 leaves an enduring mark on the vocational skills landscape.
The winner of the #SkillsForAll video contest - and the official blogger for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 - has arrived in the UAE capital to chronicle the story of the behind-the-scenes excitement as the world’s largest and most prestigious skills competition enters its final countdown.
Jacob Dawson, a young vocational skills champion from New Zealand, was selected as the winner of the #SkillsForAll World Youth Day social media competition this summer after his humorous but inspiring clip – in which he outlines how a devotion to hard work and pursuing his ambitions is now seeing him reap the rewards of perfecting a skill – impressed the panel of judges.
Robotics development and STEM company Studica has joined forces with WorldSkills International to become its latest global partner, joining a group of international industry partners whose goal is to improve the world through the power of skills.
For over 30 years, Studica has provided the leadership and solutions for leading edge technology companies and schools throughout the world, and as a company focused on emerging skills and technologies with an emphasis on skills and training, it will now bring its expertise in robotics development and STEM to WSI's global vocational skills movement.