WorldSkills Conference 2018

Record number of attendees!

WorldSkills General Assembly 2018 will be the largest one so far. Over 350 packages have already been sold including many day packages.

Conference and Dynamic packages are still available at until 1 October 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to invite your national stakeholders and partners to the Conference. Please see the Conference Update that you can forward to your national partners to invite them to the Conference.

Full Conference Programme online

Use the programme to plan your schedule and take part in sessions featuring international speakers, keynote presentations, interactive workshops, and in-depth sessions.

Complete descriptions and speaker biographies will be available on the Conference App, launching 17 September. All workshops and sessions have limited capacity. Access will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Experience VET in action at our Business Visits

As part of the Conference, a range of Business Visits have been organized for small groups (maximum 10 people) in Amsterdam. Join us for a behind the scenes look at some of The Netherlands most innovative VET programmes. The visits will take place from 10:00 - 12:00 and from 13:45 - 15:45 on Tuesday, 16 October.
  • Rijksmuseum – Teekenschool: become the new Rembrandt! Visit paint and art masterclasses and workshops for youth and adults
  • Jean School - House of Denim: see an atelier, in cooperation with industry and VET-colleges, uses education, research, and entrepreneurship to create a sustainable jeans industry.
  • Jan des Bouvrie College: experience a creative learning concept in corporation with the famous Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie where students learn interior design, visual merchandising, and fashion management.
  • Fieldlabs: visit a hybrid learning concept in social welfare and care, developed together by VET-colleges, care-institutions, and technical firms.
  • Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal: see an innovative restaurant developed in partnership with VET-colleges and the catering industry in Amsterdam.
  • Youngworks: learn from a communication agency specialized in marketing and communications campaigns focused on understanding how to motivate youth. 
  • Westpoort Sloterdijk: see the technical expertise of this VET focused location in action with a visit to the House of the Next Technician and an automotive center. 

Business Visits Spotlight 

The College Hotel

One of the Business Visits on Tuesday, 16 October, is to The College Hotel.

The College Hotel Amsterdam is housed in a stylish 19th-century building which started life as a school in 1895. The hotel and restaurant continue to contribute to the development of talent even today; the staff consists of students from various colleges and it is managed by experienced professionals. The College Hotel Amsterdam is a unique hybrid learning concept where, in addition to enjoying an unforgettable stay, it is all about the hands-on training of young professionals in the hospitality sector.

The ratio of employees and students is 60% / 40%. The students are supervised and coached by professionals at all departments. The employees do this passionately and are trained to fulfill this important role. The College Hotel is proud to work closely for years with the VET college ROC of Amsterdam.

All business visits will depart from the General Assembly Hotel. Availability is on a first come - first serve basis. 

BeChangeMaker Pitches Live at the General Assembly

Social entrepreneurs generate profit by creating social innovation to drive changes that positively impact the world.

WorldSkills and the HP Foundation launched the first BeChangeMaker in 2017 as a virtual training programme for youth around the world to explore their career potential as social entrepreneurs and design solutions to solve social issues based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This year over 160 teams entered BeChangeMaker 2018, and nine were selected to join the three-month BeChangeMaker programmme.

The final five will pitch their ideas for the final time live in Amsterdam at the General Assembly where the top three teams will be chosen and will each receive EUR 1,000 funding and further support to launch their business.

Find out more at

About Amsterdam

WorldSkills General Assembly 2018 venue: a gem in the heart of the Dutch capital

When you enter the Krasnapolsky Hotel you are part of rich history in the centre of Amsterdam. With views overlooking the bustling Dam Square across to the Royal Palace, you are in the ideal location to truly experience the beauty of Amsterdam. 

The hotel building dates back to 1855. Founder Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky incorporated the Winter Garden - a spectacular spot to enjoy breakfast each morning before the start of the General Assembly.  

Do you already have plans for Wednesday evening and Friday?

Reserve your spot by 20 September

WorldSkills Netherlands has arranged a special After Programme for WorldSkills General Assembly and Conference 2018 attendees during and after the official events.These visits will take place on Wednesday, 17 October (evening) and on Friday, 19 October (morning and afternoon).
On Wednesday you can enjoy a visit and the specially organized Dutch Skills Competitions at Het Amsterdams Proeflokaal with a special Culinary Experience at a restaurant managed by students of Amsterdam VET colleges. A true hospitality gem and worth the visit.
Friday you can visit the world-famous Rijksmuseum Amsterdam to see Dutch Skills Competitions in creative professions, along with a guided tour of the historic museum with the absolutely must see highlight the so called Gallery of Honour and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Afterwards you can freely explore the Rijksmuseum further.

For more info check the special newsletter.

Book your experiences before 20 September by sending an email to


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