In order to compete in the national competition you must not be older than 22 year old in 2017. Applications close on 30 June 2016. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. This is your chance to grow your career via a sponsored journey of a lifetime and represent South Africa at the International competition in Abu Dhabi.



"We have a considerable talent pool of young artisans in South Africa, and the World Skills South Africa competition is both about celebrating that talent, as well as communicating how key the artisinal sector is to South Africa's economy" - Dr. Raymond Patel

- WSSA Chair



South Africa aims to add 5 new skills every time we compete.

The next competition will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017 and aims to:

• Promote exchange between young professionals from various regions of the world;

• Exchange skills, experience and technological innovations;

• Raise the understanding in governments, education and industry to the importance of skills training; and

• Raise the awareness of youth and those who influence the youth to opportunities available in skilled professions.



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.



South African Regional and Provincial competitions will start running from March 2016 at all participating TVET colleges.


Finalists will compete at the National competition in August 2016 to determine the winners for the international competition.


Check out:

http://www.dhet.gov.za, https://www.facebook.com/pages/DHET/366699083370092

Abu Dhabi 2017 – Here We Come!




  • Training,qualifying and competing in the WorldSkills Competition equals 4-5 years of professional training.
  • Builds character, confidence, commitment, and self-esteem.
  • Helps align and increase the quality of the required standards in vocational and education training systems.
  • Helps benchmark the educational training system against industry, public demand, and across borders.
  • The challenge of a competition brings fun and exciting elements into teaching and training.
  • Provides the validation that mastery of a skill requires practical learning and training over time.
  • Raise quality, promote professional development,and drive improvements in vocational training.
  • WorldSkills offers the infrastructure and competition experience to engage with a number of target groups, from students in grade school and secondary school to youth, governments, and educators.
  • No. of skills represented: more than 45
  • No. of Member countries/regions: more than 72 (representing more than 70% of the world’s population)
  • 32 new Member countries/regions since 2005
  • Since the 2003 WorldSkills Competition we have had:
  • A combined 992,000 people visit the Competitions
  • A combined 4,931 Competitors at the global level



Will you be a competitor at WorldSkills International Abu Dhabi 2017?

"World Skills South Africa is a win-win situation for everybody - learners, employers, government and the economy"


Mduduzi Manana

Deputy Minister of Higher Education