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Kayleen McCabe visits WorldSkills Zambia

US television star Kayleen McCabe’s passion is DIY, and her support for WorldSkills is seeing her discover that when it comes to pursuing their dreams, young people around the globe can do it themselves – as long as they have the right support.

A familiar TV face, contractor, sought-after speaker, and renovation expert, Kayleen knows the value of learning a trade and the paths that it can lead to. It’s because of this that she has combined her small-screen success into breaking down barriers in the name of vocational advocacy and awareness.

Kaylee’s non-profit organization, The McCabe Foundation, aims to narrow the skills gap by encouraging young people to consider careers built around a trade. Her efforts recently led her to the African country of Zambia – where she found a huge contingent of craftspeople in the making.

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WorldSkills Portugal's journalism as a skills competition

It’s often said that if you want something done, then do it yourself – and an innovative project by WorldSkills Portugal has shown how effective that approach can be in both developing and showcasing skills.

By featuring journalism as a Demonstration Skill at its national skills competition, Portugal has allowed its young people to learn, experience, and hone the techniques they will need to forge careers in the multi-faceted landscape of media – while simultaneously solving a problem surrounding the promotion of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

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Youth are the future: Podcast with President Simon Bartley

This WorldSkills Champions Trust Podcast features Simon Bartley, President of WorldSkills. 

Learn about Simon's 27 year history with WorldSkills which began through his family business training apprentices. Now as President, Simon is leading the development of Vision 2025 with the goal of expanding the global movement of WorldSkills. 

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WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 takes off

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and the official airline partner of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, is taking the world’s greatest vocational education and skills excellence event to the skies.

Stickers promoting WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 are currently being added to the passenger doors of 43 jets – including eight Airbus A380s and 35 Airbus A320s. These form a significant portion of the Etihad fleet, and this promotion means that potentially millions of travellers will be able to see the event’s logo between now and October.

This is a key component of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and engagement around WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 in the UAE and beyond. 

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European Skills Plus competition

Competitors from six countries are about to prove that disabilities are not a barrier to professional success, as they take part in a European skills showcase with the emphasis on inclusivity.

The first European Skills Plus competition for young people with labour disabilities will get under way in the Netherlands on 16 March, with 13 teams competing in a series of activities to decide the best European Skills team for 2017.

The event is organized by WorldSkills Netherlands and the Pro Work Foundation, which promotes the career development of people with disabilities, and is supported by Erasmus+ - the European Union programme aimed at supporting education, training, youth and sport.

As part of the Dutch national event “Skills The Finals”, at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, the competition will feature four disciplines designed to show that people with disabilities deserve to have their professional abilities challenged, and assessed, in the same way as everyone else.

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