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WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 unites global youth through One School One Country cultural exchange program

Connections built on knowledge and understanding, and forged over thousands of miles, have been sealed as young participants in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 – the world championship of vocational skills – met the UAE schools and students they have been paired with through a cultural exchange initiative for the first time.

As part of the world’s biggest vocational skills competition, which is taking place in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time, the One School One Country program is a builder of bridges between the youth of different nations, and a platform to enhance global awareness of the importance of vocational skills and the spectrum of careers they open the door to.

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Building the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Ceremonies Arena
In just five days it will be show time! Du Arena is being transformed for the Opening Ceremonies on 14 October, when our 1,300 Competitors will take their place on the world stage for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017!

Glasurit becomes a WorldSkills Global Industry Partner

BASF, a global chemical player, also specialized in giving cars their sheen is supporting in painting a future of opportunity for skilled young people – through teaming up its refinish paint brands with WorldSkills.

In anticipation of the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, Glasurit, premium paint brand of BASF, has become a Global Industry Partner of the worldwide hub for skills excellence and development. This engagement highlights the shared passion of both organizations for unlocking and accelerating promising talent.

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Identifying pathways to work that allow youth to shine

The question of whether the pivotal players in the field of vocational skills can do more to open up avenues for talented young people to succeed will be at the center of discussion and debate at WorldSkills Conference 2017.

On the sidelines of the world’s largest skills competition, which will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 14-19 October, the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) will host a sector-spanning discussion focusing on what has succeeded in advancing skills development around the world, where gaps remain, and how they can be bridged.

The session, entitled ‘Enabling a generation to work: innovative approaches to tackle youth unemployment’, reflects the goal of GAN, a coalition of global companies, employer federations and international organizations dedicated to addressing the skills mismatch and youth unemployment, and enabling provision of work-readiness training that ensures young people have the skills that businesses need. Launched as an 'action-driven' initiative by the G20 forum and its business-focused arm, B20, in 2013, it was tasked with promoting “skills for business and jobs for youth”, chiefly through apprenticeships.

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Shaping the future of skills through harnessing global knowledge and insight

Key global challenges that must be tackled to nurture skills, and maximize their impact on economic prosperity, will be placed in focus through expert led forums at WorldSkills Conference 2017, 16-17 October in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The British Council, the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, is a Coalition Partner of the WorldSkills Conference. It is hosting three sessions at the Conference at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, that will each address a pivotal topic in the sphere of skills development.

The sessions are designed to capitalize on the global profile of the event – with 1,300 young people from 60 Member countries and regions competing in 51 skills categories at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 14-19 October. Education leaders, policy makers, senior practitioners, and employers will also be in attendance and will exchange knowledge, ideas, and opinions on how to ensure Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) plays a central role in economic strategies around the world.

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