WorldSkills Conference

With the ILO’s centenary being celebrated throughout this year, 2019’s agenda of international events on Future of Work, skills and work-based learning (WBL) has been a packed one. However, for the GAN Team, WorldSkills Kazan will be one to remember.

It kicked-off with a magnificent Opening Ceremony that brought together Champions from 62 countries and lit up the sky of Kazan with fireworks and augmented reality elements. It was followed by thought-provoking and, at times, controversial points of view from the Conference participants. And, of course, closed with exciting results for the Champions.



GAN’s main contribution to the Conference consisted in organizing with the EU Commission a workshop on “Cooperation practices to train agile skilled young people”. The design thinking format allowed participants to break into three groups and discuss crosscutting regional skilling issues with the help of four facilitators: Norbert Schöbel from the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission; Aggrey Ndombi, Director of the ILO BUSY Project in Kenya; Esteban Cubillo Viquez, from Japp.jobs, Costa Rica; and Ranjan Choudhury from WorldSkills India and National Skill Development Corporation. Mr Ndombi and Mr Cubillo Viquez represent GAN project allies in Kenya and Costa Rica respectively, and their participation in the workshop was an important milestone in our collaboration with them.


In addition, Kathleen Elsig, GAN Head of Strategic Partnerships and Development, participated in the “No women? No success for the 4IR” panel alongside Neil Bentley-Gockmann, CEO WorldSkills UK; Amelia Addis, Regional Representative for ASEAN And Oceania, WorldSkills Champions Trust; and Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M.


As WorldSkills Conference Coalition Partners, we look forward to continuing the important discussion of the role of skills in the future of good work.


Find out more about WorldSkills and GAN’s involvement here.


*For these three countries, funding is provided by the USDOL under cooperative agreement number IL-29557-16-75-K-1. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies on the USDOL, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government

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