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WorldSkills 2017: Team Austria wins 11 medals in Abu Dhabi


The Austrians put in an enviable performance at the 44th international skills championship, WorldSkills in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Skilled workers from Austria are among the best in the world, as Team Austria conclusively proved at the international skills competition, WorldSkills 2017 , held in Abu Dhabi from 14th to 19th October 2017. With 11 medals (4 x Gold, 3 x Silver and 4 x Bronze) and 16 Medallions for Excellence, Austria took its place in the world’s top ten.

The Austrian WorldSkills team took gold medals in the vocations Painting & Decorating, Concrete Construction Work, Bricklaying and Plumbing & Heating. The three silver medals went to competitors in Wall & Floor Tiling, Pâtisserie & Confectionery and Construction Metalwork, with four bronze medals in the categories IT Network Systems Administration, Cooking, Restaurant Service and Freight Forwarding. This year the Austrian team was represented by 40 young skilled workers in 36 vocations, competing against over 1,200 international participants from 77 countries.

Austrian teams have regularly participated in the WorldSkills contests since 1961 and have won a total of 206 medals. The next WorldSkills competition will take place in 2019 in Kazan (Russia), with EuroSkills 2018 coming up before that in Budapest (Hungary).