March 18, 2018

WorldSkills 2017 comes to Abu Dhabi

The world’s largest international vocational skills competition, WorldSkills is coming to Abu Dhabi in October 2017.

The event has 1,200 entrants under the age of 24, competing under their national flags across a range of skills and vocations, one of which is landscape gardening.

WorldSkills takes place every two years with the last one taking place in São Paulo, Brazil in August 2015.

Aidan Jones, chief executive of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 said: “Every two years, countries gather with their teams of young people and compete to be the best carpenter, the best florist, the best car mechanic and they get gold, silver and bronze – it’s very much like the Olympics.”

Around 100,000 visitors from 60 countries are expected to be drawn to Abu Dhabi, including competitors, their national teams’ support staff, mentors and families.

Between one and three per cent of UAE students were taking vocational courses in 2014, compared with an average of 10% worldwide, with advanced manufacturing economies such as Germany and Japan having 40-50% undertaking a technical education.

The selection process for the national teams to take part in the 2019 competition in Kazan is currently underway. See the member countries/regions page of the WorldSkills website for details.

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