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

Much more than a WorldSkills General Assembly...

Come to one of the world’s great cities to network, inform, and learn. Take part in developing education, skills, and jobs for the youth of the world. And bring your valuable national stakeholders to our international conference with a Dutch hue.
WorldSkills Conference 2018 
Uniting for Youth: Building networks for innovative skills solutions
With three distinct tracks – Inspire, Develop, and Influence – WorldSkills Conference 2018 will  help you find solutions to the questions and challenges that you are facing. One of the main themes will be the Dutch system, based on the triple helix: an intertwining network of government, education, and industry. This approach ensures that skills are constantly brought to a next level, linking education to the latest developments in the world of work. 

What's new

About packages
Packages are now available, please visit and make sure you book on time so you can stay in the hotel of your preference. Please note that the available places are limited.

Great variety of meetings
The varied programme not only offers keynote speakers, but also workshops, which will enable you to have as much interaction as possible. Also part of the programme and currently in development are World Café sessions, Open Space sessions, Business visits, and a Best Practice Market. Every part of the programme is inspired by WorldSkills Vision 2025.

Speakers Spotlight
All confirmed speakers will be published on the website. In every newsletter we will introduce you to one of the speakers in our spotlight feature. 

This month we are proud to introduce to you one of the keynote speakers, the world-renowned Ruud Veltenaar. With a background as a philosopher, professional speaker, and trend watcher, he will speak about future trends and the development of skills, VET, labour markets, and how to prepare for jobs that do not yet exist.

Ruud used to work as chairman of a venture capital fund and as an executive for companies like McKinsey, Volmac, RAET, and Planet Internet. As a professional speaker he travels the world giving lectures about megatrends and developments with impact, and how leaders, managers and entrepreneurs can anticipate these trends with the aim of making the best possible decisions. Decisions that will make a difference and create a better world. 

CEO NSO Meeting

Following a successful meeting in January 2018 in Shanghai, China, the CEOs of the National Skills Organizations (CEO NSO) working group decided to host the next meeting to coincide with the General Assembly. 

The CEO NSO working group is comprised of CEOs, Executives, Director Generals, or Leads of Skills Organizations from the WorldSkills Member countries and regions. Their role is to share best practices, develop new collaborative initiatives and tools, and to raise points and issues for recommendation to the WorldSkills Board of Directors. A detailed agenda for the meeting in October will be distributed at a later date. Please see the WorldSkills Forums for ongoing discussions between meetings. 

The meeting will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Friday, October 19 from 10:00 to 15:00. A light lunch and coffee will be provided for all attendees. 

If you have any questions about the CEO NSO working group, or to confirm your attendance, please email Alex Musial,

About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital city of The Netherlands. It is famous for its 17th-century Canal Ring – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and for being a major hub of industry. Many large international firms have their headquarters here, and seven of the world's 500 largest companies, including Philips and ING, are based in Amsterdam. The city is also the European headquarters for leading technology companies such as Uber, Netflix, and Tesla. 

In 2012, it was ranked the second best city to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and 12th globally for quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. Last but not least, the city was ranked third in innovation by Australian innovation agency 2thinknow in their Innovation Cities Index 2009. 
The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the World, is located in the city centre. Amsterdam's main attractions include its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, and the Anne Frank House. The city attracts more than 5 million international visitors annually. It is also one of the world's most multicultural cities, with at least 177 nationalities represented.
Famous Amsterdam residents have included Anne Frank, the artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh, and the philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

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Call for (speaker) proposal

Please let us know if you wish to propose a subject or a speaker for WorldSkills Conference 2018. Although the majority of the programme is finalized, we are open to suggestions. Please let Twan Stemkens know your suggestions by the end of May:

Dutch Minister of Education to open event

On Monday, 15 October the Minister of Education of the Netherlands Ingrid van Engelshoven, with Ton Heerts (SBB and Dutch Association of VET-colleges) and a representative of the Dutch employers organisations, will start the week. They will talk about the Dutch way, especially the triple helix approach which is a perfect partnership for VET-development between VET colleges, employers, and government.

Rijksmuseum visit for 100 people

Visit the world-famous Rijksmuseum as part of the conference programme on Tuesday, 16 October. Learn how students function in a skilled hybrid learning environment for VET education in creative professions. Or you could visit the museum on Friday, 19 October during a free after-hours programme offered by the museum. Please keep in mind that tickets are limited so reserve as soon as possible and get the most out of WorldSkills General Assembly 2018 in Amsterdam! 

WorldSkills Secretariat
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 23 531 1071
Fax: +31 23 531 0816