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WorldSkills Conference 2017 concludes with global skills community uniting to identify a pathway for progress

Policymakers, practitioners and young professionals shared a stage on which they hope to lay the foundation for the future of vocational skills on the closing day of the WorldSkills Conference 2017.

Held as part of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 – the 44th edition of the world’s largest and most prestigious skills competition, hosted by the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time – the high-level conference has brought together government representatives, thought leaders, and young people from around the world to tackle the biggest issues surrounding technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in a rapidly-changing world.

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Visitors from home and abroad get a taste of the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 experience

The lure of the WorldSkills Competition has drawn people from across and beyond the United Arab Emirates for the 44th edition of the world championship of vocational skills.

More than 10,000 international visitors are joining over 100,000 attendees from the UAE at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the largest and most prestigious vocational skills competition in the world, which is taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 15-18 October.

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The world's youth deliver manifesto for the future of vocational skills at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

A manifesto representing the collective voice of the world's youth - and how they believe the future of skills should be shaped - has been delivered to global change-makers, thought-leaders, and influencers at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

The Youth Declaration - handed over to policymakers during the Ministers TVET Summit, held on the sidelines of the world’s biggest vocational skills competition, and attended by national ministers of education, skills, industry, and business - was drafted by 300 young professionals from around the world who worked in six think tanks: Innovation, Happiness & Tolerance, Green Economy, Global Citizenship, ‘Industry 4.0’ or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Entrepreneurship.  

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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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