What is it?

WorldSkills is an international non-profit movement, which aims to increase the prestige of blue-collar occupations and develop vocational training through the harmonization of best practices and occupational standards across the world by organizing and holding skills excellence competitions in each country and globally.

WorldSkills is the hub for skills development and excellence. Through international cooperation and development of relations with industries, governments, organizations and institutions, we promote the benefits of and the need for qualified professionals through competitions, joint projects and shared experiences. We stress the importance of training and education for youth, industries and society by challenging young professionals to become the best in the skill of their choice.

Founded in 1950, WorldSkills is a global organization that promotes vocational, technological and service oriented education and training. We promote skilled careers in 72 WorldSkills Member countries, all working with youth, educators, governments, and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future. WorldSkills brings together youth, industries and educators to teach youth the professional skills and show them how to become the best in the skill of their choice. From traditional crafts to multidisciplinary occupations in the field of industry and services, supported by partners, industries, governments, volunteers and educational institutions, WorldSkills has a direct impact on the growth of professional skills in the world.

Today, the WorldSkills Competition is the world’s famous and largest competition of its kind, which brings together young skilled workers and university and vocational school students up to 22 years old* as competitors, as well as leading professionals, specialists and mentors as competition experts.

Championship is a multi-faceted event where heads of government agencies and educational institutions, representatives of industry and non-governmental organizations come together, a place where the most important and topical issues related to professional skills are discussed.

The WorldSkills Championships occur every two years in different countries and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions in WorldSkills Member countries. They demonstrate their technical competence and abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace. Their success or failure witnesses not only their personal professional qualities, but also the level of training in the country they represent, and the general level of quality of services in the participants’ homeland.


Construction and building technology

Bricklaying, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Electrical Installations, Joinery, Landscape Gardening, Painting and Decorating, Plastering and Drywall Systems, Plumbing and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Architectural Stonemasonry, Wall and Floor Tiling.

Manufacturing and Engineering

CNC Milling, NC Turning, Construction Metal Work, Electronics, Industrial Control, Manufacturing Team Challenge, Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD, Mechatronics, Mobile Robotics, Plastic Die Engineering, Polymechanics/Automation, Prototype Modelling, Sheet Metal Technology, Welding.

Information and Communication Technology

Information Network Cabling, IT Network Systems Administration, IT Software Solutions for Business, Print Media Technology, Web Design, Programmer.

Creative Arts and Fashion

Fashion Technology, Floristry, Graphic Design Technology, Jewellery, Visual Merchandising.

Social and Personal Services

Beauty Therapy, Confectioner/Pastry Cook, Cooking, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Restaurant Service.

Transportation and Logistics

Aircraft Maintenance, Autobody Repair, Automobile Technology, Car Painting.

Key events

WorldSkills Championship - 2019Kazan

On May 19, at the II National Championship, Kazan was presented as a candidate for World Championship WorldSkills International in 2019, and on July 24, 2014, the Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia was hoping to host the world championship for professional skills WorldSkills International (WSI).

On November 8, 2014, Dmitry Medvedev signed the  Order (dated October 8, 2014 No. 1987-р) on establishment of the union «Agency for development of professional societies and human resources «WorldSkills Russia» with the Agency for strategic initiatives. The union will become an official representative of the Russian Federation in the organization WorldSkills International. Authorities of founders of the union on behalf of the Russian Federation will be exercised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Ministry of Labor of Russia.

In January 2015, Russia officially applied for hosting the world finals of WorldSkills Competition in 2019. The corresponding documents were signed by «WorldSkills Russia» CEO Robert Urazov and director of the department of state policy in the sphere of human resources training and CPE of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, official delegate from the Russian Federation in WSI, Natalia Zolotareva.  

If the bid wins, the competition will be held in Kazan. Kazan’s rivals for the right to host the championship are Paris and Belgian city Charleroi. The decisive voting, which will determine the winner, will take place in August in Sao Paulo.

On March 23, 2015, the Worldskills International (WSI) delegation arrived in Russia with inspection, in order to determine the country’s readiness for hosting WorldSkills Competition in 2019. On March 24, the President of the movement, Simon Bartley, and Vice-President Stefan Praschl met Vladimir Putin.The head on Russia spoke about advantages of Tatarstan capital over the rival cities and noted that WorldSkills was one of the most important tools for increasing the prestige of blue-collar professions.

Specifically for the 2018 competitions the complex KAZAN EXPO-WorldSkills Arena, with total area of 169 sq. m will be built in Kazan. The first stone of its foundation was laid by Simon Bartley and the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov on March 25..

Supporting the Russian bid for hosting WorldSkills competition in 2019, the banner of WorldSkills Russia was planted on the North Pole on April 18, 2015.

On May 7, 2015, at the international championship WorldSkills in Turku (Finland), the first place in the skill «turning works at CNC machines» was taken by the student from the Republic of Tatarstan, Anton Loskutov.

WorldSkills Competition - 2015 Sao Paulo, Brazil

According to the results of the national championship in Kazan, the Russian National team will be formed for WorldSkills Competition 2015 in Brazil. The team will include competitors in 40 skills, as well as experts and observers from the Russian companies which are interested in learning international experience, technologies, and innovations in their spheres.

"We hope that our team of mechatronics will do their best at world championship in Sao Paulo. They do show incredible results. We lay hopes on our programmers – as this is the sphere, in which we should be among the best. As to “manual” professions, like masons or carpenters, there is much work to do. Probably, engineer profession – but we just try to acquire them in view of the situation in this sphere in Russia and abroad. In this sector, out potential is also very high."
Pavel Chernykh
Manager of Worldskills Russia

WorldSkills Hi-Tech - 2014 30 October - 3 November, Ekaterinburg

Russian industry also realizes the need for highly-qualified staff and starts using the WS standards – especially, under the conditions of ambiguous geopolitical situation.

Thus, from October 30 to November 3, 2014, in the International Exhibition Center “Ekaterinburg Expo”, there was held the First National Contest of recurrent blue-collar professions of high-tech sectors of industry according to the methodology of WorldSkills  (WorldSkills Hi-Tech) – competition of young workers which are employed in high-tech spheres of the Russian industry. “Recurrent” professions include those that are present in certain form in any industry: welding, milling and turning, industrial processes management, electronics, etc.

The competitions hosted young people aged 18-25: specialists of the largest Russian industrial enterprises which take active part in technical re-equipment and develop industrial standards: Rostec, United Aircraft Corporation, United Engine Corporation, Russian Helicopters, United Shipbuilding Corporation, GAZ Group, Roselektronika, High Precision Complexes, Aircraft Equipment Corporation, Chelyabinsk Tube-Rolling Mill OJSC, United Heavy Machinery Plants OJSC; Heavy Machinery Technologies; Roskosmos; KAMAZ OJSC; Novolipetsk Steel OJSC; United Metallurgical Company; JSC Concern VKO “Almaz-Antey”; Concern Vega OJSC, and other industrial holdings and enterprises.

WorldSkills Hi-Tech competitions gathered 159 participants, 141 experts (including 12 international experts), 110 juniors, and 64 experts-tutors of juniors from 30 regions of Russia. The participants represented 89 industrial companies from 21 holdings and dozens of educational establishments from all over the country. The pavilions contained thousands of items of equipment, and a real factory was built on exhibit area of the complex of 50,000 sq. m. Eleven contest zones were installed (according to the number of competition skills), which hosted welders, turners, millers, robot technicians, designers, and representatives of other specialties. Exhibition part of the competition was presented at 22 stands (including interactive ones).

WorldSkills Hi-Tech was opened with official ceremony, during which the viewers saw laser installations, dancing robots, animation on LED screens, and dances of youth groups.

15000 m2
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young specialists
Russian regions
helpings of food
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Each specialty of the championship was opened by its ballet show, tango of loaders, or robot show. Besides, the opening ceremony included the parade of competing teams and presentation of the competition banner.

The official opening ceremony feature the Governor of Sverdlovsk Oblast Evgeniy Kuivashev, director of “Young professionals” department of the Agency for strategic initiatives Dmitriy Peskov, first deputy of the Minister of industry and trade of the Russian federation Gleb Nikitin, first deputy of Rostec CEO Nikolay Volobuev, and WorldSkills Russia manager Pavel Chernykh.

It is expected that WorldSkills Hi-Tech will be held regularly for the skills which are in the greatest demand in Russian industry: milling at CNC machines, turning at CNC machines, mobile robotechnics, electronics, industrial processes management, engineer graphics in CAD, mechatronics, prototyping, metal processing (work with sheet metal), welding technologies, and maintenance of aircraft.

WorldSkills Hi-Tech Competitions also included intensive business program with more than 2,000 participants – HR directors of the largest industrial holdings of Russia, managers in the sphere of professional training of staff, representatives of federal and regional authorities, educational establishments, institutes of development, and foreign experts. The business program included 45 events with more than 40 speakers, 100 managers of blocks of HR management in industry, and 14 international experts (India, Taipei, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Israel, Portugal).

The business program of WorldSkills Hi-Tech competitions also featured the “Ural Industrialist Business Management Cup — Global Management Challenge”, computer simulator “Supply chains management”, and competitions of engineer teams TekhnoPRORYV, at which the teams of three industrial enterprises (Uralvagonzavod, UOMZ, Uraltransmash) and of three universities (Ural Federal University and Ural State University of Railway Transport) designed the transmission of omnidirectional moving universal platform.

WorldSkills Hi-Tech competition became one of the largest events in the sphere of professional skill; it was visited by more than 20,000 people, highlighted by more than 200 representatives of mass media, and more than 5,000 people viewed the online broadcast.

EuroSkills - 2014 Lille, France

Since Leipzig, the Russian team changed completely. In order to become the members of the Russian national team, the participants went through very tough selection at regional and national competitions.

Top-10 of Euroskills 2014 as to the scores (Comparison by Total Points Scored) includes: Austria (14,405), France (14,099), Netherlands (13,434), Finland (12,107), Portugal (11,150), Belgium (10,958), Sweden (8,545), Great Britain (8,129), Hungary (8,124), and Germany (7,774).

The final result of Russia – 6,947 points and 11th position. We were followed by 14 countries in the final lust. The last were the countries of Cyprus (1,420 – 23rd position), Montenegro (1,357 баллов – 24th position), and Croatia (971 – 25th position).

The largest score and prize for quality of task performance (medallion for excellence) for the Russian team were gained by engineers-mechatronics Konstantin Krementsov and Aleksandr Karnaukhov, which represented Chelyabinsk Oblast (Magnitogorsk Polytechnic College). They also won the only Russian individual prize as best representatives of the country at Euroskills 2014 competitions (nomination “Best of nation”).

II National WorldSkills Russia championship16 May, 2014, Kazan

487 experts: 390 experts of WSR from 42 regions of Russia, 33 main experts of WSR (including 10 experts of international championship), 45 technical experts and 19 international experts from Finland, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Armenia, and Austria.

The teams from Finland and South Ossetia competed in Kazan for the first time, out of competition.

Dmitriy Peskov

Director of the “Young Professionals” direction of the ASI

There was a competitive selection among regions-candidates for hosting the forum. The Republic of Tatarstan won, as it shows high rates of economic growth, is ready to apply the results of competitions in practice, and transfer the training of students of primary and secondary professional education to qualitatively new level. Besides, the competition was under personal supervision of the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

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WorldSkills International2-7 July, 2013, Leipzig, Germany

The winners of national competition in Tolyatti went to the finals of WorldSkills International 2013 in Leipzig. As a result, the Russian team shared the 41st position with Chile, Estonia, Iceland, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

The main factors which ensured the victory at the competition were the quality and speed of performing the task. It appeared that our guys were good in terms of quality, but speed was not their cup of tea. That was due to several details:

  • Firstly, some tasks were strange for our guys, and they were doing this for the first time. Still, they were not the only one to see such tasks for the first time. The Russian experts, which had arrived with the participants (according to the rules of competition, each team is accompanied by the best experts of each country on the skills, in which the country competes), were not acquainted to them.

  • Secondly, Russia does not pay attention to organization of workplace in a way that would enable not to spend a lot of time for picking up a tool or transition from one operation to another. At the same time, members from other countries took with them specially organized workplaces and equipment which helped them to save time.

  • Thirdly, according to the rules, the members also brought their own sets of tools (it does not refer to heavy machinery), so a master would have comfortable conditions of work. The tools of out participants were lagging behind in terms of technology from tools of their rivals. Some of the more experienced participants brought the tools which were devised and made especially for the competition, which allowed them to work quicker and with better quality.

Russian team

Network system administration
Aleksandr Gorbachev Tyumen
Car painting
Aleksandr Korneenkov Telmana, Ramenskoe District, Moscow Oblast
Maria Morozova Ulyanovsk Oblast
Artur Islamov Sverdlovsk Oblast, Pervouralsk
Yuriy Aleksandrov Mari El Republic,
Ilya Kulakov Tambov
Stone working
Vladislav Chechenev Republic of Bashkotorstan
Olga Popova Moscow

As a matter of fact, we simply confirmed our underrun in labor efficiency, fixed statistically (we lag behind Germany by two times.). However, the competition showed in which aspects we lose, where we lose in terms of quality and time. Actually, that was the purpose of the visit of our team – to study and understand how the labor of workers is organized in the world, and which qualifications are the standard in the world.

The Russian organizers supposed from the very beginning that the Russian team would show mediocre results – still, they thought that participation in world championship is better than winning it. Such result was one of the tasks – to shows the problem spots in the sphere of professional education, pay attention to lack of highly-qualified staff, and non-conformity of the current level of the Russian workers’ skills to the global level. At present, labor efficiency in Russia leaves a lot to be desired – moreover, at the background of the growth of wages.

It should be noted that WorldSkills not only develops professional habits and skills but forms professional standards in the spheres of production presented at the competition. The standards are formed by professional society – a pool of the best experts and practitioners from various countries. These experts hold WorldSkills competitions, evaluate members, implements changes into tasks, and take part in creation of these tasks.

At WorldSkills-2013, the Russian team of experts was presented mostly by educational establishments, not by business representatives, which, in view of realities of current material & technical state of establishments of medium professional education, didn’t influence the competition positively. The thing is that most of Russian colleges and high schools do not have modern equipment and, correspondingly, they do not have possibility to study the latest technologies and implement new standards; this shows again that business should directly participate in the process of education of highly-qualified staff.

For comparison: three of the countries-winners of 2013 competition (Switzerland, Austria, and Germany) have the systems of dual education, where the studies supposes not only theoretical but practical training, and business participates actively in financing of education. In Great Britain, the system of tutorship and practical training at enterprises is very developed. Brazil has a very strong support for education from business, while in Korea the winners of WorldSkills are allowed not to serve in the army.

The teams of experts from other countries, unlike Russia, consisted mainly of the specialists from industrial enterprises. While forming the teams, the dominating was the idea that workers at enterprises knew modern equipment, technological processes, and new tools much better.

By the way, during the performance of the Russian participants, the results of representatives of professions which were supported by representatives of international and Russian companies at Russian national championship were relatively good at the background of performances of the leaders.


Dmitry Medvedev

Prime Minister of Russia

"I am convinced that conduct of such a championship in Russia is a good opportunity to draw attention to the trades once again. And if we’re lucky, and the decision will be in favor of our country, we will use our best endeavors to hold this event at the highest level."

In October 2011, the project “WorldSkills National Blue-Collar Occupations Championship” was approved by the Supervisory Board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) chaired by Vladimir Putin, Russian President, which was the start of the WorldSkills movement in Russia.

At the initiative of the ASI and the Ministry of Education and Science in April 2012, Simon Bartley, WSI’s President, visited Russia. Following his visit, Russia joined the global association of WorldSkills International.

On May 17, 2012, a regular General Assembly of WSI was held in South Korea. During this Assembly, Russia was formally accepted as a member of this international organization - this decision was unanimously upheld by all the countries of the WorldSkills movement.

In the spring of 2013, the First All-Russian Professional Skills Competition “WorldSkills Russia 2013, National Championship” took place in Tolyatti. The championship was attended by over three hundred participants aged from 18 to 22 - students of secondary vocational institutions, winners of regional contests.

Following the National Championship, a national team of the Russian Federation was formed. In July 2013, the team took part in the world championship of WorldSkills International in Leipzig (Germany).

In May of 2014, WorldSkills Russia 2014, the II National Blue-Collar Occupations Championship - that has brought together hundreds of participants and became one of the main stages of preparation of the Russia’s national team for the performance at the WorldSkills world championship in 2015 was held in Kazan.

Winners of the championship represented Russia at the European Championship - EuroSkills (October 2-4, 2014 in Lille, France).

On November 8, 2014, Dmitry Medvedev signed Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Executive Order (dated October 8, 2014 No. 1987-p) on the establishment, jointly with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), of the Union “Agency for Development of Professional Communities and Skilled Workers ‘WorldSkills Russia’”. On December 30, 2014, non-profit partnership the Union “Agency for Development of Professional Communities and Skilled Workers ‘WorldSkills Russia’” was registered in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities. The founders of the Union were the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, exercising the functions and powers of the founder of the Union on behalf of the Russian Federation, as well as Autonomous Nonprofit Organization "Agency of Strategic Initiatives to promote new projects" (ASI).

The Union was established with the purpose to assist its members in carrying out activities aimed at the development of vocational training in accordance with the standards of WorldSkills International (hereinafter - WSI) to provide the Russian economy with highly skilled personnel and strengthen the role of vocational training in the socio-economic and cultural development of the Russian Federation.

Currently, our country declared its commitment to development and recovery of the secondary vocational education system, and in view of the experience of the industrialized countries, whose professional training helps them to gain a competitive advantage and develop the economy, our government has taken the major initiative to create a powerful tool for the development of vocational training in Russia - WorldSkills Russia - the Union “Agency for Development of Professional Communities and Skilled Workers ‘WorldSkills Russia’”. Pavel Chernykh became President of the Union "Worldskills Russia" and Robert Urazov - General Director thereof.

In 2015, the Russian team will go to Brazil for WorldSkills International 2015, world championship.

Simon Bartley

President of WorldSkills International

"Our system of championships is very similar to that at the Olympics. Competitions are held during four days as a bright show. And if at the opening, participants appear with flags, at the closing ceremony, they proudly wear medals. The competitions are attended by representatives of colleges and employers. All this aims at making people aware of the workers’ occupations and the possibility of building career in that endeavor."


1946 marks the beginning of the history of WorldSkills when there was a great need for skilled workers in the post-war Spain. At the time, José Antonio Elola Olaso, General Director of Organización Juvenil Española (OJE) - Spanish Youth Organization, has decided to create an effective vocational training system.

His goal was to convince youth, teachers and prospective employers that their future depended on this system. To accomplish this task, it was decided to hold the competition. So, young people's competing spirit would be aroused, adults would discuss the competition results and visitors would be able to see a great variety of trades being demonstrated. There was no doubt that this event would draw up spectators, because, as you know, a person can always look at three things: fire burning, water flowing and another person working.

Olaso's ideas aroused interest of government agencies, enterprises and vocational schools. The Government of Spain has taken up the initiative and in 1947, the first national vocational training competition, with the participation of around 4,000 apprentices from a dozen of schools and colleges from all over Spain was held in Madrid.

Франциско Альберт-Видаль

Francisco Albert Vidal

Антонио Альмагро Диаз

Antonio Almagro Diaz


Диомед Паленсия Альберт

Diomedes Palencia Albert

Фаустино Рамос Диас

Faustino Ramos Diaz

The initiators of the competition wanted much more than that. They had far-reaching objectives: to motivate youth to compete, to make them enthusiastic about vocational training and to compare skills and abilities of people from different countries. So, colleagues from Europe and Latin America were invited to cooperation and since then the competition has acquired the status of international.

Portugal was the first to support the idea of the skills competition. In 1950, the first International Pyrenees Competition, which was attended by 12 participants from both countries. A great number of observers were completely seduced by the idea. As a result, in 1953, competitors from Germany, Great Britain, France, Morocco and Switzerland took part in the Pyrenees Competition. Following the competition, it was decided to establish an organization for professional skills competitions - International Vocational Training Organization (IVTO).

With the participation of German and Swiss workers and experts, the Spaniards became acquainted with the dual system, a traditional vocational training model utilized in these countries, and a year later a dual education system was introduced in Spain.

In June 1954, the Organizing Committee was established to set common rules for competitions and determine uniform professional standards. The committee composed of official and technical representatives of participating countries.

It was in 1958 that the competitions have spread beyond Spain. During the World Exhibition in Brussels, the World Excellence Cup took place. One year later the competition was held in Modena, Italy, and in 1970, the organization made a jump to Japan.

With the admission of Members-countries from all continents, IVTO organization gained experience, increased its knowledge of vocational training and applied working techniques and methods in trades. In the early 2000s, the movement gained new symbols and a new name - WorldSkills International (WSI).

Today, a large number of events are regularly held under the brand WSI. These are regional and national championships, continental championships and, once every two years - a world championship.

The idea to celebrate skills competitions can be rightfully compared to Pierre de Coubertin’s initiative to create the modern Olympic Games and his motto “great ideas come from the heart” can be applied to the founders of WorldSkills International. WorldSkills Competitions give new impetus to the development of vocational education system in the world and in the member countries.

Currently, WorldSkills International can be compared with the Olympic Games both by size and the international prestige of the competition. Just like the Olympics, WorldSkills International Finals are held every two years, each time in a new country and a new city. Similarly, each time it is not only and not so much a professional “get-together” as a spectacular public event that draws attention of a very broad audience and promoting blue-collar occupations among youth.

Like in the Olympics, the principle of “the main thing - not to win but to participate” also applies here and WorldSkills competitions have no losers: every participant is a winner of the national competition and, thus, is already one of the best artists in the world and a role model among his colleagues. The fact of participation in the WorldSkills opens up exciting prospects for young professionals: usually after the event employers from around the world offer job to participants, and the competition in the offers is greater than ever. Young people can literally choose where to live and work - they will be welcomed anywhere.

In addition, the participants watching the performance of their colleagues from other countries have the opportunity to adopt the best international practices.