WorldSkills Conference 2018

On 15-18 October 2018 the WorldSkills General Assembly and Conference will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The meeting will be held at the Krasnapolsky Hotel, a magnificent historic building in the heart of the city.

The WorldSkills Conference on 15 and 16 October will bring together representatives from WorldSkills 79 Member countries and regions, along with national stakeholders from across the globe for this unique opportunity to connect with the international skills community.
Over 350 packages are already sold. Conference Packages are still available until 1
 October 2018. 


WorldSkills Conference 2018

The WorldSkills Conference 2018: Uniting for Youth: Building networks for innovative skills solutions will showcase innovative ways to inspire young people to pursue skills.
In Amsterdam on 15 and 16 October 2018, Conference participants will take part in three distinct tracks - Inspire, Develop, and Influence – where you will hear from experts using innovation and networks to solve skills challenges.
On 15 September the Conference App will also be available with more information on each topic of this attractive ‘pick and mix programme’. Then you will be able to learn more about each  workshop, in-depth session, or business visit. Some sessions have limited access and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Speaker Spotlight

Martijn Aslander

Martijn Aslander

Disrupted world: scenarios for societies and (T)VET by Martijn Aslander
Monday, 15 October, 16:25 - 17:30

Explore the global and national challenges of disruptive technologies and how they impact our societies. This workshop will lead you through different scenarios and guide you towards innovative solutions to prepare (T)VET systems and industry for them.
What to expect
"Martijn is a stand-up philosopher, boardroom sparring partner and co-author of the bestsellers Easycratie (Easycracy) and Nooit Af (The Permanent Beta Principle). He built the largest dolmen in the world, cofounded and Permanent Beta ('bridging brains, tech and culture'). Both on stage and in his publications he passionately maps technology's complex impact on society."

"Martijn looks at the world through a societal and economical lens. He explains the effects of new technologies on society and the economy. He describes current and future implications of these developments on the networked information society."

“He’s a hands-on inspirator who synthesizes much of what is going on in this world, what visionary authors, scientists and thinkers have to say about this. Martijn merges this into a clear picture of what is going on and what it means for organisations, business models, markets and innovation."

Take part in a Business Visit

As part of the Conference program a range of Business Visits will be organized on Tuesday, 16 October. These visit are within Amsterdam and will  take place from 10:00 - 12:00 or from 13:45 - 15:45.

Click here for the full Business Visit programme.

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.

Other Business Visits:
  • 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. 
All business visits will depart from the General Assembly Hotel. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. 


Social Entrepreneur Programme

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 WorldSkills selects teams to join the three-month BeChangeMaker programmme. The top three teams will be chosen at the end and receive EUR 1,000 funding per team and further support.

Find out more details...

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

Hotel Krasnapolsky

When you enter the Krasnapolsky Hotel you are part of a 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.  


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