WorldSkills Competition is the global event that inspire the next generation to embrace a career in technical and vocational education.
As a free standing, non-political organization WorldSkills International provides a cost effective means for international government and industry cooperation in achieving higher standards and status for vocational education and training on a worldwide basis.
Over its 60 year history, WorldSkills International (formerly known as the "Skill Olympics") has come to symbolize the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training. Every two years hundreds of young skilled people, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, gather together from around the world to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and test themselves against demanding international standards. They represent the best of their peers drawn from regional and national skill competitions held currently in 67 countries/regions.
The experience and results of all the competitions provide valuable feedback both to the individuals and the systems and enterprises in which they are being trained. For some it is recognition for outstanding achievement, while for others it provides the motivation and knowledge to aspire to higher standards. For the onlookers it is a revealing experience to see highly competent young tradespeople in action. The competitions are particularly effective in the context of providing positive career role models for school aged youngsters.
The United Arab Emirates are member of WorldsSkills organization since 1997. The country is represented by EmiratesSkills in all international competitions.
The 44th WorldSkills Competition is proudly hosted by the United Arab Emirates in 2017 in its capital city Abu Dhabi.