WorldSkills Conference 2018

Full Conference schedule online

The WorldSkills Conference 2018: Uniting for Youth: Building networks for innovative skills solutions will showcase innovative ways to inspire young people to pursue skills.

In Amsterdam on 15 – 16 October 2018, Conference and General Assembly participants will take part in three distinct tracks – Inspire, Develop, and Influence – where you will hear from experts using innovation and networks to solve skills challenges. 

In September the Conference App will also be available with more information on each topic, and the option to reserve your spot in the ‘pick and mix programme’. Then you will be able to reserve the workshop, in-depth session or business visit of your choice in advance. Some meetings have limited access and will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Conference Packages are still available

350 packages are already sold

Limited Conference and Dynamic packages are available at until 1 October.
 An excellent opportunity to invite your local partners to the Conference.

In Depth sessions 

As part of the Global Village at the WorldSkills Conference, In Depth sessions consisting of small working groups of up to 12 persons will take place.

During the In Depth sessions you will work on topics, questionnaires, learn from experts and each other, get inspiration and develop together ideas and solutions which can develop your own organization or country.

Monday 15 October, 15:40 - 17:40
  • Implementing marketing research for VET and Skills strategies (Markteffect)
  • X Factors: How to get more results from Skills Competitions (WorldSkills Netherlands/Erasmus+)
  • Successful storytelling in communications and organizations (Bex communications)
  • Fostering cooperation between VET and the Industry in e-commerce and digital professions (Deltion College and E-centre)
  • Discover international skills: How to contribute to international skills for all?  (Nuffic)
  • Cross-border mobility and Erasmus+ (Neth-er)
  • WorldSkills for Universities (WorldSkills Russia)
Tuesday 16 October, 10:05 - 12:35
  • Trends in Youth communications for VET & Skills (Youngworks)
  • Improving quality in VET and skills training. (Practoraten))
  • Inclusive VET: a place for everyone? (Dutch council of VET-colleges)
  • The Holland Alumni Network. How to build successful alumni networks through international experience (Nuffic)
  • Integrating creative skills and artisanship (Rijksmuseum)
  • X Factors: How to get more results from Skills Competitions (Erasmus+ and WorldSkills Netherlands)
  • How the Dutch way works (Marc van der Meer)
  • WorldSkills for Juniors (WorldSkills Russia)
Tuesday 16 October, 13:35 -  15:45
  • Strategies for online communications (OCC communications)
  • Improving quality in VET and skills training (Practoraten)
  • Integrating creative skills and artisanship (Rijksmuseum)
  • Inclusive VET: a place for everyone? (Dutch Council VET-colleges) 
  • The Holland Alumni Network. How to build successful alumni networks through international experience (Nuffic)
  • Cross-border mobility with Erasmus+ (Neth-er)
  • How the Dutch way works (Marc van der Meer)
  • Models of Excellence, Leontien Kragten & Norbert Ruepert (VET-college ROC Midden Nederland)
  • Exploring new markets for skills competitions (WorldSkills Russia)

Confirm your flight details to arrange transfers

To arrange transfers, please provide your flight details to by 31 August. Tell us your arrival flight number, date and time in Amsterdam, and your departure flight number, date and time leaving Amsterdam.

Speaker Spotlight 

Martijn Aslander

Disrupted world: scenarios for societies and (T)VET by Martijn Aslander
Monday, 15 October, 16:25 - 17:30

Explore the global and national challenges of disruptive technologies and how they impact our societies. This workshop will lead you through different scenarios and guide you towards innovative solutions to prepare (T)VET systems and industry for them.
What to expect

"Martijn is a stand-up philosopher, boardroom sparring partner and co-author of the bestsellers Easycratie (Easycracy) and Nooit Af (The Permanent Beta Principle). He built the largest dolmen in the world, cofounded and Permanent Beta ('bridging brains, tech and culture'). Both on stage and in his publications he passionately maps technology's complex impact on society."

"Martijn looks at the world through a societal and economical lens. He explains the effects of new technologies on society and the economy. He describes current and future implications of these developments on the networked information society.

“He’s a hands-on inspirator who synthesizes much of what is going on in this world, what visionary authors, scientists and thinkers have to say about this. Martijn merges this into a clear picture of what is going on and what it means for organisations, business models, markets and innovation."

About Amsterdam

The Albert Cuyp: The biggest market in Europe

Where’s the best spot to experience Amsterdam’s real sense of humour, atmosphere, and culture? That would be the Albert Cuyp! A day in Amsterdam is not complete without visiting the most popular market in the Netherlands! The ‘Cuyp’ has been there since 1905 and is still immensely popular, more than a century later.

With 260 stands, the Albert Cuyp is the largest day market in Europe. A place where there’s always something new to see.

The Albert Cuyp market can be found in the centre of the 19th century quarter De Pijp: the Latin Quarter of Amsterdam. It is located just steps from the Heineken Experience and is a 10-minute walk from the Rijksmuseum.
Open 09.00-17.00 from Monday – Saturday. For more information and directions how to reach the market on public transport. 

After Programme

Reserve your spot by 1 September

WorldSkills Netherlands has arranged a special programme for WorldSkills Conference and General Assembly participants during and after the WorldSkills General Assembly. 

On Wednesday Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal offers a Culinary Experience, including dinner. On Friday you can visit the world-famous Rijksmuseum. 

Both days there will be specially organized Dutch Skills Competitions taking place.

here for more information to book your After Programme events.

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