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.
GAN is proud to be a WorldSkills Conference Coalition Partner and together with the European Commission on the 24th of August we will lead “Cooperation practices to train agile skilled young people”, a design thinking workshop. The participants will break into smaller regional groups and with the help of our facilitators, they’ll tackle specific cross-cutting problems and look for solutions and the key collaboration links.
As a global, business-driven alliance that seeks to fuse the link between education and employment, we at GAN value such events to share the opportunities that our global members are creating through work-based learning programmes and their commitment to tackling the skills mismatch. We will continue strengthening our connection to WorldSkills on the ground, through our GAN Networks in 16 countries and through our work with our Global Members, such as UBS, who is the Presenting Partner of SwissSkills.
We wish the best of lucks to the Competitors and thought-provoking discussions to the Conference participants! See you in Kazan!