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Austria prepares for the Worldskills championships

Worldskills 2011
19. May 2011

The biggest world championships in vocational skills, WorldSkills, is taking place in London this year from 5th – 8th October. The international event give young people ages 17-25 in vocational jobs the chance to prove their specialist skills in 45 areas of competition.

Austria will be represented at the event by 28 competitors in 26 professions ranging from mechanics and electricians to cooks and florists.

The WorldSkills International championships have come to symbolise the pinnacle of excellence in vocational education and training around the world. Every two years, hundreds of young skilled people, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, gather together from around the world to compete before the public in their various skills and test themselves against demanding international standards. They represent the best of their peers drawn from regional and national skill competitions held throughout the world.

The experience and results of all the competitions provide valuable feedback both to the individuals and the systems and enterprises in which they are being trained. For some it is recognition for outstanding achievement, while for others it provides the motivation and knowledge to aspire to higher standards.

The Austrian team had their first meeting together in April. They are looking forward to the competition but realise that they have an intensive couple of months ahead. As well as extensive training with experts the young workers will undergo team seminars and specialist lectures to make sure they are on top form for the events in October. Preparation will also include an intensive language course as the competitions are to be held in English.

Sponsorship this year will again be generously provided for the team by the Austrian Ministry for Economy, Family and Children as well as the Ministry for Education, Art and Culture. Herbet Preglau, head of Ministry, commented, “We have had tremendous success at Worldskills in previous years and I am confident that Austria will do very well in this year’s championships. Worldskills is an excellent opportunity for young people to demonstrate their skills on an international stage and a fantastic showcase for the success for the Austrian dual education system”.

For more information on the Austrian team competing this year, please visit www.skillsaustria.at
For more information on the Worldskills championships, please visit www.worldskills.org

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