WorldSkills Germany hosted the 42nd WorldSkills Competitions in Leipzig, Germany, July 2-7, 2013. The competitions were held at the Leipzig Trade Fair and Exhibition Center.
More than 1,000 competitors from 53 countries competed in 43 official competitions and five demonstration contests.
SkillsUSA fielded its largest team yet with 20 competitors competing in 19 contest areas. WorldSkills is the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technologies training.
Congratulations to the SkillsUSA WorldTeam. We won the Silver medal in Welding and medallions for excellence in IT Network Systems and Automotive Service Technology.
The top 10 USA scores were:
Alex Pazkowski, Welding
Marcus Cain, IT Networking
Kieron Kohlmann, Automotive Technology
Brooke Robison, Hairdressing
Chris Kuhn, Refrigeration/HVACR
Matt Lorman, Cooking
Nate Wagner, Car Painting
George Mason, Autobody Repair
Sarah Parker, Graphic Design
Savanah Dunn, Beauty Therapy
WorldSkills International Snapshot
WorldSkills International (WSI) is a nonprofit membership association open to agencies or bodies that have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. WSI operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral.
- WSI provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The continued growth of WSI attests to the fact that traditional trade and craft skills, along with the newer technology multi-skilled vocations, make an essential contribution to the economic and social well-being of people everywhere.
- As a freestanding, nonpolitical organization, WSI provides a cost-effective means for international government and industry cooperation in achieving higher standards and status for vocational education and training on a worldwide basis.
- WSI is an international, member-driven organization that works through collaborative efforts to raise the awareness of skilled professions. Currently, there are 50 member countries.
- SkillsUSA joined the international organization in 1973 and competed for the first time in 1975. To view SkillsUSA’s team member selection procedures, visit this page.
- The first competition was held in 1950 in Madrid, Spain. Germany hosted the most recent WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig in 2013.
- As many as 200,000 spectators, public policymakers, employers, teachers, trainers, technical experts and government officials from around the world attend the biennial competitions.
To learn more about WSI, visit: http://www.worldskills.org.