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Born in Spain in the immediate post-war years in 1950 under the impetus of Francisco Albert Vidal, the WorldSkills Competition rapidly developed into an international movement from 1958 onwards. With the ambition to bring together countries from all over the world to develop the skills of young professionals as a vector for economic growth, the WorldSkills movement offers a unique opportunity to develop vocational training standards, encourage innovation, and promote trades and skills throughout the world.

Youth, sharing, effort, commitment, fair play, and open-mindedness are all words that sum up the spirit of the WorldSkills movement and of the Competition.

Through the various events it organizes, WorldSkills International raises current economic issues and proposes concrete solutions by engaging young people, to demonstrate that vocational training is a pathways to excellence, professional success, and personal fulfilment.


The WorldSkills Competition, the world’s largest skills competition, is organized every two years under the aegis of WorldSkills International. It is a true opportunity for young professionals from all over the world to participate in an international Competition.

Thousands of Competitors measure themselves in several dozens of skills, demonstrating their excellence and savoir-faire while sharing values of fraternity and respect.