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World Skills International Competition – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 15-18 October 2017

In South Africa the WorldSkills South Africa (WSSA) initiative is championed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Even though South Africa has participated in World Skills International (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.

WSSA organized regional and national competitions with the aim of fielding the best competitors for the World Skills International competition in which 77 member companies will be participating in Abu Dhabi.

The South African competition was modeled on the WSI Competition. Provincial winners entered the National competition that took place at the Durban International Convention Centre on the 12-17 February 2017.

The 22 Winners (from the 22 different skill areas) of the National competition have now formed part of Team South Africa and are currently preparing for the World Skills International Competition set to take place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from 15-18 October 2017.

Within the South African context participation in the World Skills competition holds huge potential to influence the development and employability of the South African Youth. In addition to this it acts as an effective vehicle to increasing awareness of apprenticeshipsand artisanal skills, raising the standard of vocational education and training and artisanal skills. This initiative also supports the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) : ‘Decade of the Artisan’.

World Skills International was established in 1950 as a non-profit organization, with the mission to promote and facilitate, through co-operation and worldwide awareness, the essential contribution that skills and competitive standards make to the achievement of economic success.

Skills are essential to the global economy and to the future prosperity of every country. World Skills recognises the power of skills and the need to promote and encourage vocational training and education to the highest level. The World Skills International competition to be held in Abu Dhabi from 15-18 October 2017 is a celebration of excellence and a unique opportunity to share knowledge.

Each Member country selects and trains their Competitors. They are also responsible for promoting vocational education and training in their own country or region. Collectively the Members offer a unique network for sharing knowledge and experience to world class standards.

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.




  • Training, qualifying and competing in the WorldSkills Competion 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.
  • Providers 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.
  • Number of skills represented: more than 45
  • Number 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


One School One Country

The South African WorldSkills team visited Al Sameeh Foundation School in Abu Dhabi yesterday for the One School One Country programme which is an integral part of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

It was a school visit to remember for the South African team as they were met by a traditional dance and a very warm welcome by the school’s staff and pupils.

According to Palesa Rakometsi (Acting Director of WorldSkills South Africa), “The day’s proceedings was much more than we had expected. We were warmly welcomed by the boys who were so excited to see us and shared their culture with us.

World Skills South Africa leaves their mark in Abu Dhabi

As we bid farewell to Abu Dhabi 2017, our competitors stood tall and proud of their great performance and accomplishments in the World Skills Competition from 15-18 October 2017. At the end, all 1282 Competitors were winners. Their efforts will inspire other young artisans to persevere in the future. WorldSkills South Africa extends congratulations to all the other teams.

Official Send-off Ceremony

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande, MP, hosted an Official send-off ceremony for South Africa’s team of 22 Competitors who will participate in the World Skills International Competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 15-18 October 2017.

Video Interviews of Competitors in WC

The WorldSkills South Africa team planned to visit the various Training Centres in Western Cape to interview and capture live footage of our Competitors who are preparing for the WorldSkills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi in October. Appointments secured with the following:



WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

14-19 October 2017

United Arab Emirates


WorldSkills Conference 2017

16-17 October 2017

United Arab Emirates


Official Send-off Ceremony

29 September 2017

The Lakes Hotel


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