WorldSkills Europe is an association which promotes excellence in the field of skills and competence development. It focuses on organizing and developing skills competitions which act as a tool for further developing skills structures in Europe.
We raise awareness of the importance of professional excellence and high quality vocational education and training for Europe. We attempt to realize this by various means. The most important of these means is EuroSkills.
EuroSkills is a biennial international skills competition organized in one of the WorldSkills Europe member states. EuroSkills is a spectacular promotion of the professions, centred on the professional performance of hundreds of talents, selected through competitions held in their countries. During the EuroSkills competition our members, international industry partners, governmental agencies and educational institutions come together to promote vocational education and training excellence in Europe. Together, we encourage world class standards of skills and competences in Europe. This partnership between students, governmental and private institutions and civil society organisations is unique within Europe.
To participate in EuroSkills is to participate in a total experience. The EuroSkills event is structured according to the concept of seeing, doing and informing. The exciting vocational competitions are a source of inspiration and offer a clear overview of the state of affairs within the various skills areas.
WorldSkills Europe Goals and Objectives
1. To use skills competitions to help the EU and its member states to raise skills standards and to promote excellence in vocational skills throughout the EU
2. Increase awareness of the importance of skills and vocational education/training for the EU economies and societies
3. Develop a range of European vocational skills competitions for EU member states
4. Ensure that vocational skills competitions organised by EuroSkills, reflect the varied and changing skills requirements of the EU’s member states and of the EU as a whole
5. Encourage each EU member country to participate in EuroSkills and so expand and develop the rang and structure of its own vocational skills competitions.
To reach these goals WorldSkills Europe will:
— focus on the promotion and presentation of European trades and vocational education.
— not only show the trade, but also the cooperation within the sector organisations to reach achievements.
— give an important role to skills competitions as inspirational factor for young people and as mutual measurement of the power of European vocational skills.
— be the platform on which European organisations, ministries of education and international industry organisations can exchange knowledge and experience about innovation, training methods and opportunities for collaboration.
SKILLS ARE ESSENTIAL
The European labour population is presently not skilled enough to meet Europe’s future challenges and changes.
Europe’s current strategy for growth and employment (Europe2020 and the New Skills for New Jobs Programs) aims to establish a “Europe of knowledge” and attain smarter, greener and inclusive growth in the upcoming decade. By doing so, the European Union will be more able to meet the challenges that lie ahead in the upcoming decade. According to the member states of the EU and the European Commission education should play a key role in overcoming these challenges.
According to the European Commission, education should focus on learning outcomes, i.e. the attainment of knowledge, competences and skills. Besides the EuroSkills competition, we therefore support our member organisations in their efforts to improve vocational education and training in their own countries.
On June 9th 2010 the European Commission presented a new 10-year plan aimed to stimulate VET. The communiqué «A new impetus for European cooperation in Vocational Education and Training to support the Europe 2020 strategy», states that the EC aims to:
— ensure access to training and qualifications is flexible and open at all stages of life.
— promote mobility to make it easier to gain experience abroad, or in a different sector of the economy.
— ensure the highest possible quality of education and training.
— nurture creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in students.
WorldSkills Europe and the EuroSkills competition contribute to making this vision a reality. EuroSkills forms an important platform on which Europe can profile itself to the world on the basis of a number of different skills.
This makes EuroSkills 2010 the prime European VET event and platform to develop skills in an attractive way.
WorldSkills Europe works closely together with WorldSkills International to attain our shared goals.