Update from WorldSkills International – David Hoey, Chief Executive Officer

WorldSkills General Assembly 2020

Both WSI and our colleagues at WorldSkills Ireland, who have already invested lots of time and resources into hosting the GA, remain committed to the event taking place. Clearly, the global health and economic situation in October 2020 is unknown, but if it is feasible to hold a successful GA then we will proceed.

However, in managing risk, we have delayed the opening of registration for GA2020. It was scheduled to open on 23 March with registrations closing on 18 June. Our current plan is to delay opening the registration until 20 April with an adjusted closing date. We are in regular contact with WorldSkills Ireland and their organizers and will continue to monitor and manage risk.

WorldSkills Shanghai 2021

Our last face-to-face visit to Shanghai was in November 2019. We have continued planning and development via videoconferences and utilizing various digital and collaborative tools and systems. The Secretariat is a global team already set-up for virtual working and are progressing as best we can. However, face-to-face meetings are critical, and we will travel to Shanghai as soon we are cleared to do so.

Our hosts, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Municipality of Shanghai, remain totally committed to hosting an excellent and global event. The work on the WorldSkills Museum continues and it promises to be a memorable celebration of skills and WorldSkills.