Email GA02: To all Delegates and Partners

Join us at
WorldSkills General Assembly 2018
15-18 October in Amsterdam

Much more than a WorldSkills General Assembly...

Please join us in Amsterdam, the spectacular capital of the Netherlands, and meet colleagues from around the world. Do not forget to inform your national stakeholders and invite them to Amsterdam as well.
WorldSkills Conference 2018
Uniting for Youth: Building networks for innovative skills solutions

Under three tracks Inspire, Develop and Influence the WorldSkills Conference 2018 will offer a wide range of topics. These will be brought to you by keynote speakers, as well as through inspiring workshops and in-depth sessions. The Conference offers a wide range of interactive meetings, often in small groups, best practice sessions, and business visits. These will be arranged in a ‘Global Village’. The Dutch system, based on the triple helix, the network of government, education and industry will be one of the main themes. We want you to return home full of inspiration and new ideas from the Netherlands, as well as from other member countries. 

What's new

About packages

Packages are available at:
Dynamic packages will be available soon.

Please book well in advance to ensure that you get a package in the hotel of your choice. Registration is open to Official Delegates, Technical Delegates, Technical Delegates Assistant and MarCom Officers of Member countries and regions.

Do not forget to inform and invite your national stakeholders to the General Assembly.

We expect to welcome:
  • 250 WorldSkills Members and partners
  • 150 national guests and industry stakeholders from the 79 WorldSkills Member countries and regions
  • 100 guests of TVET colleges and industry stakeholders of the partners of WorldSkills Netherlands  
  • 75-100 workshop facilitators, speakers from politics, industries, TVET colleges and universities

Great variety of meetings

Apart from a couple of keynote speakers, a wide range of interactive workshops, in depth sessions, best practices sessions, and business visits to hybrid learning environments and local skills competitions in Amsterdam are proposed. You just have to pick and mix. These can be booked well in advance through the WorldSkills Conference App, which will be available from September onwards.

Speakers Spotlight

Prof. dr. A.C.J.M. (Ton) Wilthagen (1960)

Professor of Institutional and Legal aspects of the Labor Market

In the social debate and in the media, Wilthagen is one of the most requested labour market experts in the Netherlands. He also enjoys international recognition through his concept of flexicurity, which is one of the cornerstones of European employment policy. As a result, he is known in Europe as "Mr. Flexicurity ". 

The term refers to the combination of labour market flexibility in a dynamic economy and security for workers. He advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, the International Labor Organization, the Council of Europe, and other international and national organizations on this and other issues.
Yvonne van Sark

Yvonne van Sark, is a partner at Youngworks, an agency for communication with youngsters in the Netherlands. She combines scientific insights with practical do’s and don’ts for your communications with young people. With her colleague Huub Nelis she wrote three books about the adolescent brain, about talent development and about motivation.
João Santos

João Santos is Deputy Head of Unit in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion at the European Commission in Brussels. The Unit is responsible for Vocational Training, apprenticeships and Adult education, as well as for the Erasmus programme in these policy fields.

João Santos will be talking about “International mobility of VET learners, apprentices and staff”.

About Amsterdam

Canals of Amsterdam

A visit to Amsterdam isn’t complete without enjoying the canals. They are a symbol of Amsterdam and of great cultural and historical value. In 2010 the World Heritage Committee decided to submit the 17th century canal ring area in Amsterdam to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Amsterdam Canals on World Heritage List

According to UNESCO, the canals are cultural heritage of “outstanding universal value”. The city of Amsterdam also does its best to maintain and protect the canal ring.
Amsterdam Canal Musts

Though every canal is beautiful and unique in itself, there are some absolute musts:

The Golden Bend: the canal from ‘Leidsestraat’ to ‘Vijzelstraat’ has the most beautiful and magnificent stretch of canal houses in Amsterdam.

One view, fifteen bridges: the bridge on the corner of ‘Reguliersgracht’ and ‘Herengracht’ has a unique view over fifteen bridges. Make sure you stand on the side of the street with the odd numbers.

Magere Brug: the ‘Magere Brug’ (Skinny Bridge) is one of the most picturesque bridges of Amsterdam. At night the bridge is romantically illuminated.

Canal cruises

The best way to enjoy Amsterdam's canals is from the water. You can rent a paddle boat and explore the canal belt at your own pace. If you prefer to take things easier, take a canal cruise where a guide will tell you all about the history of Amsterdam.

Champions Forum

Every two years, WorldSkills offers the opportunity for Champions from the past three WorldSkills Competitions to gather alongside the General Assembly to discuss issues, develop projects, and receive professional development training to support WorldSkills Champions and Alumni globally. This year, we invite Champions to continue developing active alumni communities by receiving professional training to support social media and public relations activities.

The WorldSkills Champions Forum 2018 will expand on our free training programme offered as part of our World Youth Skills Day 2018 activities. We are excited to announce that Yusuf Omar and Sumaiya Omar, co-founders of Hashtag Our Stories will also join the Champions Forum 2018 to provide training to the participating Champions. The training is designed to support Members as you develop your own online communities. It will highlight on how to produce engaging, youthful videos that appeal to young people in your country, as well as to build capacity for future social media content development.

Additional details and activities planned for the Champions Forum 2018 will be released next week. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Musial,


WorldSkills and the HP Foundation launched the second BeChangeMaker, the social entrepreneurial training programme for youth around the world to explore their career potential as social entrepreneurs and design solutions to solve challenges based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Top five teams selected from 166 teams that represent 31 countries will pitch their ideas for positively impacting the world live at the WorldSkills General Assembly 2018. 


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