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Portuguese Competitors set their sights on WorldSkills success

Preparation is the catalyst for performance – and that’s why a squad of talented young people from Portugal have been getting first-hand experience of what the world’s largest vocational skills competition will involve.

The team that will represent Portugal at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 gained an insight into the tools and mindset required for success through the first of two week-long intensive training sessions ahead of the prestigious celebration of skills in the capital of the United Arab Emirates in October.

Competitors, Experts, and organizations gathered at one of the country’s top vocational training centers, in the city of Oporto, for a five-day preparation course that aimed to reproduce what the WorldSkills Portugal team will encounter in Abu Dhabi.

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#SkillsForAll - How WorldSkills gave me the appetite for success

When Will Torrent had his first taste of WorldSkills a decade ago, it set him on a culinary course that would lead to celebrity chef status.

In the 10 years since Will competed in Pâtisserie and Confectionary at WorldSkills Shizuoka 2007, he has worked with some of the culinary world's most famous faces – including Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal – become a consultant to leading supermarket chain Waitrose and a familiar TV face. He has also released three bestselling cookbooks, with a fourth on the way.

Whatever he has on his professional plate, however, he ensures the menu includes active support for WorldSkills, which he credits with giving him the “confidence and determination” to push his personal boundaries and grasp opportunity.

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WorldSkills Global Partner Autodesk gives Competitors access to free software

Competitors and mentors taking part in WorldSkills Competitions are being offered free access to software that can help them boost their performance.

International software company Autodesk® – a WorldSkills Global Partner – has illustrated its goal of helping students hone their workplace skills and competencies by giving WorldSkills participants a hi-tech chance to expand their technical abilities and prepare for upcoming events.

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Vocational skills celebrated in Finland

Competitors from home and abroad showcased their abilities to almost 100,000 visitors in a Finnish celebration of skills that has inclusivity at its core.

Taitaja – Finland’s national skills competition – took place from 15-18 May 2017 in the country’s capital Helsinki, with more than 400 young Competitors participating in 53 skills and the event attracting multinational involvement.

Hosted by Skills Finland and organized by vocational and educational training (VET) providers from the Greater Helsinki area, the national competition was accompanied by two targeted events: TaitajaPLUS, designed for Competitors with disabilities; and Taitaja9, for younger students to demonstrate how they are embracing vocational skills at an early age.

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WorldSkills from behind the lens: Podcast with Official Photographer Brian Buchsdruecker

The latest WorldSkills Champions Trust Podcast features Brain Buchsdruecker, WorldSkills Official Photographer.

For nine years Brian, of Bookstrucker Photography, has captured the most exciting WorldSkills moments. Hear from him what it is like to get the prime spot at WorldSkills events and how his perceptions of skills have evolved over the years.

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Gain a behind the scenes look at WorldSkills and listen to all the Champions Trust Podcasts. survey