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WorldSkills History

In 1946 there was a great need for skilled workers in Spain. Mr. José Antonio Elola Olaso, General Director of OJE (Spanish Youth Organisation), had an insight:

It was necessary to convince youngsters, as well as their parents, teachers and prospective employers, that their future depended on an effective vocational training system. From the start, State agencies, enterprises and religious vocational training schools were interested in the idea.

This simple yet brilliant idea of watching people from different trades at their workstations proved to be a great success. In 1947, with the participation of around 4,000 apprentices from a dozen mechanical trades, the first National Competition took place in Spain.

WorldSkills History

In 1946 there was a great need for skilled workers in Spain. Mr. José Antonio Elola Olaso, General Director of OJE (Spanish Youth Organisation), had an insight:

It was necessary to convince youngsters, as well as their parents, teachers and prospective employers, that their future depended on an effective vocational training system. From the start, State agencies, enterprises and religious vocational training schools were interested in the idea.

This simple yet brilliant idea of watching people from different trades at their workstations proved to be a great success. In 1947, with the participation of around 4,000 apprentices from a dozen mechanical trades, the first National Competition took place in Spain.

WorldSkills International

What is WorldSkills International?

WorldSkills International is a unique, not for profit, international membership organisation with a mission to raise the status and standards of vocational skills and training worldwide. Its principal activity is organising the WorldSkills Competition in a different Member country every two years.

WorldSkills provides an opportunity for participants to display their knowledge, skills and abilities in a competitive setting. Hundreds of young students/trainees and apprentices gather from around the world to participate before government officials, industry leaders, sponsors, training providers and the media. They compete against their peers in as many as forty (40) skill areas that are assessed against demanding International Standards.


Who are the Members of WorldSkills?

Agencies or bodies that have responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. Normally only one body per country/region will be recognised as a Member or Associate Member.

A Member is represented within WorldSkills International by an ‘Official’ and a ‘Technical’ Delegate who are appointed by the member body. Each Member has one vote in the WorldSkills General Assembly.

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