UNESCO-UNEVOC participating at the World Skills Competition Abu Dhabi

The WorldSkills Competition is a flagship event of WorldSkills International, a key UNESCO-UNEVOC partner,is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world duly reflective of the global industry.

The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skill competitions in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace. One of the main legacies of the WorldSkills Competitions is to give visibility and importance to professional education, as one of the true tools of socioeconomic transformation.

The Competition also provides leaders in industry, government and education with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education. New ideas and processes inspire school-aged youth to dedicate themselves to technical and technological careers and towards a better future.

This year the WorldSkills competition is being held in Abu Dhabi from the 14-18th October 2017. All competitors are under the age of 25, and representing 77 WorldSkills member countries in 51 skills competitions.

In addition to the competition, there is also a WorldSkills Conference being organized on the sidelines of the competition. The theme of the conference is ‘Skills Strategies for a globalized world’, and would offer a platform for shaping the global skills agenda, with leading figures from industry, governments, international organizations, and academia. The discussions will explore the changing skills demands of the globalized world, and the required response. They will focus on a number of areas, including:

  • The globalization of skills and careers in an increasingly digitized world
  • The mismatch between jobs and skills
  • Labour force mobility and the constraints of existing qualifications
  • The specific challenges for skills in cities
  • Combating gender inequality in skills
UNESCO - UNEVOC Engagements at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training is also participating at this event. Several UNEVOC Centres from all the five regions will be participating as part of the UNEVOC Network delegation at the event.

In addition to its engagement in the Youth Forum on the 14th-15th October 2017, UNESCO-UNEVOC is also contributing to the policy sessions at the World Skills Conference.

On the 15th October, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre would be hosting a networking and reception session together with the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) – a UNEVOC Centre in the UAE and also a key partner in this year’s World Skills Competition. This reception aims to create an open space for networking among participants from different sectors, including the private sector, NGOs, government, and UNEVOC Centres across regions. It will provide an excellent opportunity for UNEVOC Centres to get introduced to TVET professionals from other institutions, countries and sectors, make short pitches to discover similarities, identify common challenges, explore synergies, and build partnerships. The aim of this reception is to enable the creation of contacts and exchange ideas through a semi-structured informal gathering. UNEVOC Centres from all of UNESCO’s five regions will be present: Asia and the Pacific, Africa, the Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and North America.

Full details on the conference programme are available here: (https://worldskillsabudhabi2017.com/en)

page date 2017-10-09

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