General Assembly 2016, in Niagara Falls, Canada has been very successful and productive with the Members adopting the ambitious goals of Vision 2025. Vision 2025 evolved from discussions throughout 2016 including meetings with Members and partners in Brussels, Singapore, and Washington D.C.
We are pleased to welcome Crispin Thorold as the Director of Marketing and Communications of WorldSkills International. Crispin has a long track record as a Marketing, Communications, and PR lead for not-for-profit and international organizations, as well as in international journalism. Most recently he has been the Head of Marketing, Communications and PR for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Skills/Compétences Canada and SkillsUSA jointly hosted the latest edition of the WorldSkills Conference Programme. The day long event, was held during the WorldSkills General Assembly 2016, focused on Future Skills.
It is only one year until the start of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The world's largest vocational skills competition will be hosted at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 14-19 October 2017.
The WorldSkills Members formally ratified and welcomed at General Assembly 2016, Romania as a new Member of WorldSkills. The decision made at Niagara Falls, Canada on 6 October 2016, results in WorldSkills Romania becoming the 76th Member of the organization.
The Members of WorldSkills have voted for the Netherlands to host the WorldSkills General Assembly 2018. The event will be held in the city of Amsterdam. Three cities competed for the right to hold the event in 2018.
WorldSkills UK has been approved by WorldSkills International, the global hub for skills excellence and development, to run its new continuing Professional Recognition Programme. WorldSkills represents 75 countries and regions and the UK is the first Member to be approved to offer the new international accreditation.
The Finnish Olympic Committee, and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture are organizing unique events at Finland House during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Finland House will present cases of Finnish excellence in education from pop-up school to 21st century pedagogies and educational games.