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Albert Vidal Award

The Albert Vidal Award is a prestigious award, named after the founder of WorldSkills International (formerly known as the International Vocational Training Organisation). During the first thirty-one WorldSkills Competitions (formerly known as the Vocational Training Competitions), Francisco Albert-Vidal, from Spain, was responsible for the achievement of the original goals in a changing world: 33 years as an untiring promoter in his position as Secretary General and seven years as President of the International Organisation constantly presenting new ideas. The Vocational Training Competitions became his life's work and the International Organisation was shaped into what it is today. In memory of Albert Vidal, the Award recognises the Competitor that achieves the overall highest score out of all Competitors in all Skill categories.

The Albert Vidal Award is connected with the implementation of the 500 mark system, developed by former WorldSkills President Cees Beuk, after the WorldSkills Competition 1985 held in Osaka, Japan. The new system was developed upon the request from the Technical Committee Chairman René Gonthier and his vision of making the Competition scores more comparable and universal.

With the new system, it became possible to compare the scores from skill to skill and from Expert to Expert within each skill, making their scoring behaviour more transparent. The new system became effective in 1988 (when the WorldSkills Competition was held in Sydney, Australia) at which the 'Best of the Competition Award' was introduced for the first time.

After Albert Vidal’s death in October 1993 the Award was renamed (proposed by Tjerk Dusseldorp, past President, WSI) from the 'Best of the Competition Award' to the 'Albert Vidal Award' in order to honour the contributions of Albert Vidal for his decades of devotion to the WorldSkills movement. The new name of the award, first became effective in 1995 when the WorldSkills Competition took place in Lyon, France. 

Fill youth with enthusiasm through special action! Convince young people’s parents, trainers and company chiefs that a promising future is possible only through good vocational training” -Francisco Albert-Vidal

Biao Song - Winners of the Albert Vidal Award in 2017
Jeong Woo Seo, Luis Carlos Sanches Machado, and Rianne Chester - Winners of the Albert Vidal Award in 2015
Hyun Woo Won and Shinpei Utsunomiya - Winners of the Albert Vidal Award in 2013
Byeong Teon Bae and Jeong Pyo Gong - Winners of the Albert Vidal Award in 2011
Thiam Shui Tan - Winner of the Albert Vidal Award in 2009
Nicolas Drouin - Winner of the Albert Vidal Award in 2007
Viridis Liew - Winner of the Albert Vidal Award in 2005
CompetitionSkillNameCountry/RegionPoints received
2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE Industrial Mechanic Millwright Biao Song China 779
2015, São Paulo, Brazil Automobile Technology
Automobile Technology
Beauty Therapy
Jeong Woo Seo,
Luis Carlos Sanches Machado,
Rianne Chester
United Kingdom
2013, Leipzig, Germany Information Network Cabling
Construction Metal Work
Shinpei Utsunomiya, 
Hyun Woo Won
2011, London, United Kingdom Mobile Robotics Byeong Yeon Bae and 
Jeong Pyo Gong
Korea 588
2009 Calgary, Canada  IT Network Systems Administration Thiam Shui Tan Singapore 570 
Shizuoka Japan
Cooking  Nicolas Drouin Canada 568
Helsinki, Finland 
IT Network Systems Administration Viridis Liew Singapore 571
St Gallen, Switzerland
Restaurant Service  Monika Zbinden Switzerland 583
Seoul, Korea
Cooking Mattias Roock Germany 590
Montreal, Canada
Plumbing and Heating  Hyung gu Lee Korea 559
St Gallen, Switzerland
Cooking Peter Gorden Korea 569