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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’.




  • 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


Upcoming Event

The 44th WorldSkills Competition will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, AbuDhabi, United Arab Emirates in 15-18 October 2017.

WSSA Competition

Students from TVET Colleges, Universities of Technology and Apprenticeship Workers. This is your CHANCE to GROW your CAREER via a sponsored JOURNEY of a lifetime to Russia!
Applications close on 30 October 2017
To Apply click here

Official Delegate

"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

Deputy Minister (DHET)

I launched the WorldSkills South Africa (WSSA) initiative on the 18th of April 2014 at the College of Cape Town (Pinelands Campus). This is part of my drive to make TVET Colleges and artisanal careers more attractive... Read more_Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana









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