Next World Skills International Competition

22 - 27 August 2019 in Kazan, Russia

Kazan was granted the right to host the 45th WorldSkills International Competition after winning a vote by the WorldSkills General Assembly in São Paulo, Brazil on 10 August 2015.

The Competition will take place in Kazan, Russia on 22 - 27 August 2019. The 45th WorldSkills Competition will bring together approximately 1,600 young professionals representing more than 70 countries who will compete to be World Champions in 56 different skills. The event will be held at the KAZAN EXPO International Exhibition Centre where more than 1,000 Experts will evaluate the Competitors’ work.

Earlier this year, South African young artisans competed at the WorldSkills South Africa 3rd National Competition at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) to earn their spot on the global stage at the upcoming WorldSkills International competition in Kazan, Russia.

After 3 days of stiff competition in Durban, the competitors from TVET Colleges, Universities of Technology, Private Institutes and Industry stood tall and proud of their great performance and accomplishments.

At the end, 21 gold medal finalists from the National Competition in Durban were selected for the WorldSkills South Africa team that will compete on a global scale in Russia in areas such as Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, Creative arts, ICT, Logistics and more.

About Us

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.

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 apprenticeships and 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’.

It comes at a time where the issue of artisan development is of top priority for government as there is a shortage of skilled people in our country. Hence, the World Skills Competition aims to encourage more young people (high school learners, tertiary students and unemployed youth) to see artisanship as a career of choice to ease the skills shortage in South Africa.

The WorldSkills South Africa project and The Decade of the Artisan Campaign both championed by the Department of Higher Education and Training targets the continuous expansion of the TVET Colleges sector, particularly artisanal skills. One of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) goals is for the country to produce 30 000 artisans per year by 2030. It is through the success of these projects that a difference can be made in South Africa.

We know that a skilled and more capable workforce can lead to an inclusive economic growth path. It is without a doubt that skills are essential to the economy and the future prosperity of this country.

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 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


Kazan Expo

The 45th WorldSkills Competition will take place in Kazan at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre. The venue is constructed especially for WorldSkills Kazan 2019. The exhibition centre is on a plot of 74,8 hectares near the Kazan International Airport.

The Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre features a competition zone, exhibition space, gallery, congress halls, multi-purpose halls, VIP zone, lounge zone, and a restaurant. Open areas and a hotel featuring 200 rooms will also be developed at the complex.

The exhibition centre’s proximity to the Kazan International Airport and WorldSkills Village, where the Competitors and Experts will stay provides easy arrival, departure, and transportation to the Competition.



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