The 44th WorldSkills Competition will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 14-19 October 2017. Over 1,300 young people representing 59 member countries will converge on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) to compete in 50 trades and skills.
The scale of the competition will be extensive, covering approximately 100,000sqm – roughly the area of 104 Olympic-sized swimming pools – and utilising millions of dollars’ worth of materials and equipment.
News and Stories
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From the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremony, to the celebrations at the Closing Ceremony and everything in between, learn what’s going on at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
5 – 8 July, Newcastle – NSW – Global Skills Challenge
The Global Skills Challenge is an integral event for the preparation and training in the lead up to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The four-day event will simulate the conditions which will be experienced by Team Australia in Abu Dhabi and provide the Skills Squad with a valuable opportunity to gather as a team and hone their skills against competitors from other WorldSkills member countries. The Global Skills Challenge will provide a fantastic opportunity for people to witness the Skills Squad in action as they prepare for Abu Dhabi.
Early October – Exact dates and location to be confirmed – Skillaroos Farewell Function
Team Australia will attend an official Farewell Function and will be presented with their own Australian flag to fly high as the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremony.
12 October 2017 – One School One Country
One School One Country is a programme designed for cultural exchange between students of the host country and Member countries/regions. Several Abu Dhabi schools will have the opportunity to welcome a WorldSkills Member country or region for a unique visitor exchange that lets students and Competitors learn more about each other’s culture, traditions, and values. School students will also get a chance to discover more about the skilled careers represented at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
WorldSkills Australia is pleased to announce that we have been partnered with one of Abu Dhabi’s largest and leading education providers, Aldar Academies. WorldSkills Australia’s official partner school for Abu Dhabi 2017 is The Pearl Primary School, part of Aldar Academies.
14 October 2017 – Opening Ceremony
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will begin with a spectacular Opening Ceremony that will gather thousands of Competitors, officials, and guests together to watch the Parade of Nations and a welcome to Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.
15 October 2017 – 18 October 2017 – Competition
Over four days, thousands of spectators will watch over 1,000 Competitors in 50 skills represent their country or region in the world’s largest skills competition. During this time, live updates will be shared through our social media channels.
Exact dates to be confirmed – Conference Programme
The WorldSkills Conference Programme brings together leaders from around the world for a productive, informative, and eye-opening programme with the 44th WorldSkills Competition as its centrepiece. It is an unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with the leaders and policy makers of today, as well as addressing current and future global skills challenges.
19 October 2017 – Closing Ceremony
Who will be the skills Medallists of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017? The Closing Ceremony will reveal the winners of gold, silver, and bronze medals, along with Medallions for Excellence, and the coveted Albert Vidal Award for the Competitor with the highest overall points. The Closing Ceremony is a time to celebrate and to say farewell to old and new friends of the 44th WorldSkills Competition, while looking forward to Russia and WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Skills Squad, Skillaroos and Team Australia
After their medal-winning performances at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, the Skills Squad is formed – an elite group of competitors who have been assigned dedicated training mentors/experts to work with in the lead-up to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
A record number of female competitors have been selected to join Australia’s elite international team – the Skills Squad including Louise Azzopardi who, after being named Australia’s first female competitor and gold medalist in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, hopes to make history internationally as one of the first female competitors in this category.
Give the Skills Squad the very best chance of becoming number one in Abu Dhabi by donating to their GoFundMe campaigns. To donate, select your squad member and click on the link in their profile.
Experts of Skills Squad announced
A team of experts will work closely with the competitors to ensure they develop their skills and with close to 400 years of combined experience with WorldSkills Australia the expert team will bring unparalleled knowledge and experience to the Skills Squad.
Following the Global Skills Challenge in July 2017, the very best Skills Squad members will be selected to represent Australia at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 as Skillaroos. The Skillaroos will not only face the pressures of excelling against the best in their skill but also defend Australia’s current ranking as the 12th most highly skilled nation in the world.
Check out the highlight videos from WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 for a taste of what’s in store for this year’s Skillaroos.
WorldSkills São Paulo 2015
The 43rd WorldSkills Competition took place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil from 11 to 16 August 2015. For more information visit www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com.
WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 Skillaroos Journey
The 2015 Skillaroos returned in triumphant from the 43rd WorldSkills Competition held in São Paulo, Brazil with three silver medals, two bronze medals and eleven medallions of excellence.
Skillaroos Fans – Supporters Tour
Event Travel Office, in association with WorldSkills Australia, have created a travel package to ensure a large supporters’ contingent are in the stands to cheer on the Skillaroos when they take on the world’s best.
For prices, package inclusions and to make a booking, download the Supporters Tour Package.
All packages will be organised directly with Event Travel Office and not through WorldSkills Australia.
Event Travel Office
Bookings close 31 August 2017.
*Please note: This is the only package that will include a ticket to the Opening and Closing ceremony. Tickets to these WorldSkills events cannot be purchased by individuals.
Competitors currently in the Skills Squad are not guaranteed to progress to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi. Selection of the Team Australia Skillaroos to go to Abu Dhabi will be announced after the Global Skills Challenge in early July.
Support the Skillaroos to Abu Dhabi
There are several ways to support the Skillaroos’ journey to Abu Dhabi. For more information on partnership/sponsorship opportunities, please contact WorldSkills Australia’s Business Development Manager, Alex Haughton on 03 9249 1008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.