At the beginning of September this year, way up north in Calgary, Alberta, hundreds of young professionals from all over the world competed in WorldSkills 2009. Participants competed in areas ranging anywhere from bricklaying and hairdressing to robotics and floristry.
However, since this is a welding blog, you’ll probably be leaning toward the construction metal works, welding, and sheet metal technology categories.
This is what WorldSkills International has to say about it:
Power. Passion. Precision. Craftsmanship. Camaraderie. Competition!
These six words represent the thrill, excitement and spirit of WorldSkills International.
Every two years, hundreds of the best young professionals from trades, service and technical programs around the world gather to showcase their talents and abilities. This thrilling, high-performance, four day WorldSkills Competition is the biggest event of its kind in the world.
WorldSkills International was established in 1950. Today it is made up of 51 Member countries/regions worldwide. Participants compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals – striving to excel in world-class standards in 45 skill categories, ranging from cabinetmaking to web design.
Yet WorldSkills International is more than just a head-to-head challenge between aspiring professionals. It is a unique, not-for-profit, non-political, non-denominational association whose Members are responsible for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions.
For more information, you can go to the WorldSkills Calgary website HERE.