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WorldSkills Champions Forum

About the Champions Forum

The WorldSkills Champions Forum (WSCF) connects past WorldSkills Competitors to the future of WorldSkills. Full details on the most recent WSCF in Niagara Falls 2016 »

Competitors of WorldSkills Competitions have reached an elite level, achieved by only a few in the world. We recognize all past Competitors as Champions. Tapping into the expertise, experience and passion of Champions, WorldSkills and its Members support a bi-annual gathering known as the WSCF.

WorldSkills benefits by learning from passionate individuals who have lived the WorldSkills experience, and Champions have the opportunity to extend their network by meeting Champions from around the world, develop leadership skills and increase their involvement with the WorldSkills mission

Why hold a Champions Forum?

The WorldSkills strategic review conducted by Official Delegates in Helsinki in May 2005 identified a number of key priority areas including further improving the Competition, developing our organization, and increasing the effectiveness of our marketing, particularly through the website. The review identified that WorldSkills Competitors are key stakeholders in our organization, and it was important that we not only improve the experience of the Competition for them, but involve them more in our organizational mission as well.

While a percentage of past WorldSkills Competitors (Champions) participate as skills coaches and experts at local skills competitions in their home countries/regions, and a select few re-emerge on the international level as Team Leaders, Experts, and Delegates, and others participate in skills exchange activities, most Champions have little or no further association with WorldSkills after their “once only” Competition experience.

The WorldSkills Champions Forum allows Champions to come back and discuss the future of the WorldSkills movement in an open and creative environment. Professionals are brought in to give valuable input from the skill industries and function as mentors for the working groups.

The Champions Forum concludes in a presentation to the WorldSkills General Assembly where the delegates share the outcome of their work. All ideas and suggestions are welcomed and will, as much as possible, be considered for implementation.