3 July 2015


Much more than “just a numbers game”

David Hoey, CEO WorldSkills International

There is a common phrase, “it’s a numbers game”. This suggests that you can manipulate the statistics until they suit your argument. Certainly, we do not need to play that game to prove the point that WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 will be truly impressive. In this case the numbers do not lie… and there’s an even more impressive story to tell than just the numbers!

I want to share a few stats, starting with a “first” - this is the first time the WorldSkills Competition is held in Latin America. There will be more than 1,200 Competitors from more than 60 countries and regions demonstrating their excellence in 50 skills. Over 800 volunteers are assisting the expected 200,000 visitors and school groups. The Competition will fully utilize 213,000 m2 of Anhembi Park. Beyond the huge numbers of visitors on site, we expect our social media channels to attract another 2 million sets of eyes focused on WorldSkills. 

I want to focus on what is even more impressive than these statistics - the quality of the individuals and organizations behind them. Competitors have been training for months if not years; Experts have years of skilled professional experience; volunteers represent students and faculty from the Competition Organizer, SENAI. It is the quality of this experience that will make the most lasting impression on participants and visitors, and will leave the longest-lasting legacy, not only in Brazil but also around the world. Whether you join us in person or virtually, I encourage you not to miss WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.
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News from WorldSkills

WorldSkills Leaders Forum 2015

At the WorldSkills Leaders Forum on 13 August 2015, participants will have the opportunity to listen to insight from Jim Carroll, world class futurist and expert on innovation and industry trends. In this session, he will challenge the audience to imagine the future of the global labour market and the demands on professionals - both skills and attitudes.

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Join us on 15 July for World Youth Skills Day

WorldSkills International is very proud to be part of a global recognition and promotion of World Youth Skills Day. The United Nations, at its General Assembly in November 2014, declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. Join us in promoting the first ever World Youth Skills Day! Use the hashtags: #wysd #worldskills so we can see all your activities and responses to the campaigns.

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Register your press representatives now

With only 39 days until the start of WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, now is the time to for your press to take advantage of the online registration system. Registration is open for print, broadcast, and social media reps - whether they represent Member countries and regions, corporations, educational institutions, or media outlets. We encourage you to monitor the site often as we will be constantly updating information and highlighting areas and activities to cover.

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News from the WorldSkills Foundation

Introducing the Champions for Worldskills Digital Challenge

The first-ever WorldSkills Digital Challenge is a ground breaking hackathon-style event that brings top IT developers and designers together with WorldSkills Champions to create solutions to local social problems in innovative and sustainable ways. To participate in the Challenge, interested parties needed to apply, and the response was incredible - a record number of 111 applications, including 26 WorldSkills Champions.

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Update from the Sanitation Studio Project
in Nepal

The Sanitation Studio in Nepal is one of three similar projects facilitated by the WorldSkills Foundation in collaboration with Healthabitat of Australia. The Bhattendanda area of Nepal, where the ongoing Sanitation Studio programme supported by WSF is hosted, was seriously affected by the two recent Nepal earthquakes. Healthabitat Director Paul Pholeros has returned there to support local teams, and has advised that the teams noted some of the most severe destruction seen in their entire trip, which had already included some of the hardest-hit areas of the country.

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WorldSkills Foundation Storybook

We want to share the inspiring stories from these incredible individuals through a compelling new publication - the WorldSkills Foundation Storybook, which will be published at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 in August.

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News from WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Opening and Closing Ceremonies: Two special shows!

Preparation for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 is full steam ahead. The programme has been confirmed and made public, but there will also be many incredible surprises for the audiences of approximately 8,000 attending each ceremony.

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WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 develops a project to transform visits into a unique experience

Approximately 200,000 visitors are expected during the 43rd WorldSkills Competition. As we expect to have a variety of public including many people who aren´t acquainted with the 50 skills, the Competition Organizer has created a "Visitor Experience" project designed and planned to help the public understand the vocational education universe in practical terms and receive as much input as possible.

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Volunteer programme enhances the 43rd WorldSkills Competition

By June 1, 2015, an impressive number of over 1,750 individuals had applied to join the volunteer programme at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. Now, following careful review, 800 volunteers have been selected based on their interests, commitment, dedication, and language skills - all of which are important qualities to meet the needs of the different groups in the Competition.

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Consul General of Switzerland visits a One School One Country programme school in São Paulo

On 10 June 2015, the Afrânio Peixoto State school-one of the host-schools in the One School One Country programme, which is part of WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, welcomed the Consul General of Switzerland, Claudio Leoncavallo, in São Paulo.

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News from WorldSkills Members

Finland Competitors train up for
WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

In the Finnish national competition Taitaja2015, there were 50 international guest Competitors from the Nordic countries, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, and Liechtenstein, and even from as far away as Brazil, Morocco, and China participating in 30 different skills. Taitaja2015 was held in May in Turku, Finland.

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America’s highly skilled workforce met in Louisville

SkillsUSA gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, 22-26 June 2015 for its 51st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of the talent of career and technical education students. Quality career and technical education was the centerpiece of the conference.

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WorldSkills Europe General Assembly held in Helsinki

The General Assembly of the WorldSkills Europe and related events was organised in Helsinki 18-21 May. The gathering takes place once a year in one of the member states of the organization. This was the first time that the venue was in Finland.

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American Welding Society becomes Global Industry Partner

In March 2015, WorldSkills International CEO, David Hoey, and Sponsorship and Partnership Director, Alexander Amiri had a chance to visit with the American Welding Society Headquarters to reflect on the past year of partnership and elaborate on the future collaboration.

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3MAmerican Welding SocietyAutodeskCISCOFESTOFLUKELincoln ElectricSaint GobainSiemens
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