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WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2005

"Much more than just a conference"

The WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2005 falls under the patronage of Ján Figel', Member of the European Commission, responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism.

Ján Figel'

After its inauguration in Seoul 2001, its successful follow up in St.Gallen 2003 and in conjunction with the 38th WorldSkills Competition, we are hosting the Helsinki 2005 WorldSkills Leaders Forum in the Helsinki Fair Center on 25-26 May 2005.

This event provides an excellent opportunity to learn new strategies and methods and to build partnerships and networks focussing on specific aspects of Technical Vocational Educational and Training.

Due to the growing importance of Education, Training and Skills Development Programmes worldwide and among all stakeholders, we invite you to join this WorldSkills Leaders Forum to build bridges, initiate the TVET cross national dialogue, set new standards and above all: to come and see the best practices of Vocational Education and Training at the 38th WorldSkills Competition!

A special welcome from Ms Eva-Riitta Siitonen, Lord Mayor of Helsinki

Dear Visitor,

I have the pleasure to warmly welcome you to Helsinki.

Helsinki is very proud to have been chosen to host the 38th WorldSkills competition. This is an excellent way for our city to strengthen our profile as a centre of know-how with high professional expertise. The timing is excellent, as we are celebrating the National Year of Vocational Skills in Finland in 2005. The Competition also provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to familiarise themselves with different vocations, education and the expectations of working life.

Besides attending the WorldSkills competition, I hope you will find time to get acquainted with our city. Helsinki has an urban cosmopolitan lifestyle that exists in harmony with nature. Surrounded by the sea and an exotic archipelago, Helsinki offers visitors an endless number of ex-periences.

Today's Helsinki is also a city of the future. Its modern architecture, cutting-edge design and high-technology have attracted international recognition for the city. Unique lifestyles and urban subcultures are all a part of this international metropolis.

I wish you every success for the WorldSkills competition and hope you enjoy your stay in Helsinki!

Eva-Riitta Siitonen
Lord Mayor