Leaders Forum 2006
The 2006 WorldSkills Leaders Forum was held in Melbourne, Australia on 7 May 2006 with the theme “Transforming the way young people acquire the technical, social and learning skills needed in the 21st century”.
WorldSkills Leaders’ Forum 2006 – welcomed Hon Bob Hawke AC - former Prime Minister of Australia as Patron
Recently Hon Bob Hawke AC former Prime Minister of Australia accepted the position as patron of the Forum.
“I am pleased to accept patronage of the WorldSkills Leaders' Forum being held in Melbourne in May 2006. This important international gathering will discuss ways to assist young people around the world with their vocational choice and the challenges they face as they move into the workforce, while, at the same time, integrating as contributors to society and to the welfare of their country.
While governments understand and acknowledge that a skilled labour force is vital to the development, growth and stability of the economy, trends in public expenditure on education in recent years have tended to ignore traditional apprenticeship training. Today, we see the results of this neglect with a critical shortfall of skilled workers, particularly in the industrial trades. It is a consistent refrain in boardrooms everywhere.
WorldSkills has, for the last fifty years, promoted the importance of excellence and best practice in vocational education and training throughout the world and is wholeheartedly committed to inspiring and encouraging the youth of today in their vocational choice. I am very proud to be associated with the organisation and look forward to making a contribution to its continued success.”
Hon Bob Hawke AC – former Prime Minister of Australia