European championship of professions
EuroSkills is a vocational skills competition which is staged as a European championship every two years. The focus is on the outstanding achievements of young greatest talented skilled professionals up to 25 years in about 45 European occupations. Some 500 active participants compete in vocational categories from the industrial, craft and service sectors. In 2020, EuroSkills will take place in Austria for the first time in the competition’s history – the venue will be Graz.
Around 600 participants will be competing for the EuroSkills title in 45 different trades or skills in the following categories:
World Skills Europe
WorldSkills Europe is the body ultimately responsible for the European vocational skills championships, EuroSkills. It is a non-profit member association founded in 2007 and headquartered in the Netherlands. WorldSkills Europe raises awareness of the importance of high-quality vocational education and training for Europe, and of the need for highly trained and skilled workforces in Europe, in order to make the European Union even more competitive. It currently has 28 member nations, including almost all EU members (except Greece and Romania), European Economic Area countries (such as Switzerland and Norway) and the Russian Federation. The President of WorldSkills Europe is Ms. Dita Traidas.
WorldSkills Europe currently has 28 member nations, including almost all EU member states (except Greece and Romania), European Economic Area countries (such as Switzerland and Norway) and the Russian Federation.
About 55 volunteer workshop managers work closely together with the national body responsible for organising the EuroSkills 2020 competition. Their responsibilities include setting up the venues for the vocational competitions and making all the necessary materials and tools available. The workshop managers participate in an extensive training programme, gain valuable experience and familiarise themselves with international developments in trades and skills (especially the impact of digitalisation and its direct and indirect influence on the trades and skills and related vocational training). They build an international network and exchange ideas with experts from all over Europe. And, of course, they remain constantly up to date with the latest technologies and trends!
This international expertise, which is so important for vocational training, will then in turn be incorporated in the long term into youth training and into teaching in vocational schools.
As the centre for vocational skills competitions, SkillsAustria (with headquarters at Austria’s Federal Chamber of Commerce in Vienna) coordinates the Austrian national competitions (AustrianSkills). The winners represent Austria at the international competitions – EuroSkills und WorldSkills. Beyond this, SkillsAustria is responsible for preparing and dispatching the Austrian team to the international skills competitions and for PR work relating to the Austrian team. Since 1958, Austria’s Federal Chamber of Commerce has been a member of WorldSkills International and has regularly sent an Austrian team to the international vocational skills championships since 1961.