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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’.

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 to be held in Abu Dhabi from 15-18 October 2017 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


Official Send-off Ceremony

The Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, will hold a send-off Ceremony at The Lakes Hotel from 9:30am to 1:30pm to wish all Competitors well for the upcoming World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi. A send-off will also be planned for 10 October 2017 at OR. Tambo International Airport, on the day Competitors depart for Abu Dhabi. More details to follow.

Video Interviews of Competitors in KZN

The WorldSkills South Africa team planned to visit the various Training Centres in Durban and Pietermaritzburg to interview and capture live footage of our Competitors who are preparing for the WorldSkills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi in October.

Second Team Building Programme

An exciting weekend planned at Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Centre. The 2nd Team Building programme will be attended by all Competitors, National Experts and Officials.

Video Interviews of Competitors in WC

The WorldSkills South Africa team planned to visit the various Training Centres in Western Cape to interview and capture live footage of our Competitors who are preparing for the WorldSkills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi in October. Appointments secured with the following:



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