August is upon us and every day brings us closer to a very exciting set of events: the WorldSkills Competition and Conference which this year will take place in Kazan, Russia.
WorldSkills has its origins in the aftermath of World War II, when a skills competition was organised to encourage youth to take up vocational education and training. Today, WorldSkills is a global movement of people and organizations that together advance the shared social objective of increasing the provision of skills.
WorldSkills Kazan is the 45th edition of the WorldSkills Competition and will take place on 22-27 August 2019. Champions from 62 countries that have been selected through national skills competitions will compete in 56 skills. The skills have been grouped into six sectors: Construction and Building Technology, Creative Arts and Fashion, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Social and Personal Services, Transportation and Logistics.
In parallel to the competition, the WorldSkills Conference 2019 will take place on 23-24 of August. The theme of the conference is “Skills for Change: Building Blocks for Impact”. Bringing together industry leaders, policy makers, education and training providers, and researchers the aim is to turn Kazan into an international incubator for innovative solutions for change. This year, the participants will discuss the challenges, and Future of Work megatrends, that we face in our societies throughout the world. The conference will also examine the solutions and ways that skills will enable people and businesses to harness the opportunities generated by these megatrends, in the context of the fourth Industrial Revolution and climate change, and how skills will be integral to a better future for us all.