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Meet Kieron Kohlmann of the Champions Trust

Car professional Kieron Kohlmann wants to amplify the need for vocational skill development across the world.

Kieron believes there is a void in vocational skills uptake among global youth - and feels WorldSkills can help close that gap. In his new role on the WorldSkills Champions Trust, representing the Americas, Kieron, hopes to be part of the solution to the problem.

"In a time where education costs are at an all-time high, skills provide an excellent opportunity to obtain education that leads to a marketable career."

“The ever-increasing demand for skilled workers, means we have to do a better job of supporting youth pursue skilled profession.”

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Meet Anna Prokopenia of the Champions Trust

As a pastry chef, Anna Prokopenia believes she can tell a story with a dessert, and share untold mysteries with the creative inventions she whips up in the kitchen.

Now, it is the story of WorldSkills that the 24-year-old Russian wants to share, by continuing her role as a returning member of the WorldSkills Champions Trust.

Anna first carved her name out in her home country in May 2014, competing in the Pâtisserie and Confectionary Skill in the National Competition, before taking to the international arena at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

"I remember I was dedicated to giving as good a performance as I could,” she recalled. "It was my chance to prove that I hadn't chosen this profession by chance - that I had an actual talent. And the Competition was a door, which opened for me, and behind this door there were a road, full of difficulties, but which led me to the profession I enjoy today.”

Anna says after embracing her chosen career she has never looked back, saying her craft lights a spark inside. 

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Celebrating 500 days until WorldSkills Kazan 2019

On 9 April, the 500th day until the next world championship of skills – WorldSkills Kazan 2019 – the WorldSkills Flag Relay reached Seoul, Korea.

During the ceremony at Seoul Technical High School the WorldSkills Competitions in Busan (1978) and Seoul (2001) were celebrated, and patches from those Competitions were added to the WorldSkills flag.

The international leg of the WorldSkills Flag Relay started on 12 March in Madrid, Spain, where the first international skills competition was held in 1950. Watch the flag starts is journey in the first vlog of the Flag Relay.

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Meet Tjihimise Karaerua of the Champions Trust

Tjihimise Karaerua, Brunno, believes the more skilled the workers, the better the world.

"The future of the world is dependent on the hearts, hands, and minds of the young people of tomorrow,” says Brunno, th 22-year-old Namibian. "The competitiveness of a country, the buildings we live in, and societies across the world all depend on the power of skills.” 

"We have to embrace our skills and encourage others and speak up for the participation of more young people in WorldSkills events and Competitions."

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Become a social entrepreneur with BeChangeMaker

BeChangeMaker is back to enable more youth to take on global challenges through social entrepreneurship and the power skills!

Together with the HP Foundation, we are very excited to announce that the second edition of BeChangeMaker is open for applications until 31 May 2018. The new social entrepreneurship training programme will bring you more high-quality courses on HP LIFE, powerful tools to accelerate your learning, and dedicated coaching for the teams.

The finalists will be invited to the live pitch finale in Amsterdam, and the top three teams will receive EUR 1,000 seed funding. Don’t miss this great opportunity. Find out more at bechangemaker.worldskills.org