WHAT IS THE WORLD SKILLS COMPETITION?
WorldSkills International (WSI), the largest skills competition in the world was founded in 1950. It is a global organisation that promotes vocational, technological and service oriented education and training.
It promotes skilled careers in 72 Member countries and regions, all working with youth, educators, governments, and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.
WSI brings youth, industries, and educators together to give youth the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice. From the traditional trades to multi-skilled technology careers in the industry and service sectors, supported by parents, industries, governments, volunteers, and educational institutions, WSI is making a direct impact on raising the level of skills throughout the world. This global event has become the pinnacle of showcasing excellence in vocational education and training.
Every two years, tens of thousands of skilled young people from around the world – accompanied by their teachers, coaches and mentors – gather in a selected city to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and to test themselves against demanding international standards.
The young professionals, who are selected by their respective countries, may only participate once in the competition and must be between the ages of 18 and 22 years.
In South Africa the WorldSkills initiative is championed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Even though South Africa has participated in WSI events since 1990, WSSA was formally established in April 2013 by the Deputy Minister of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana.