Founded in 1950, WorldSkills is a global organization that promotes vocational, technological and service oriented education and training. We promote skilled careers in 72 Member countries and regions, 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 youth, industries, and educators together to give youth the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice. From the traditional trades to multi-skilled technology careers in the industry and service sectors, supported by partners, industries, governments, volunteers, and educational institutions, WorldSkills is making a direct impact on raising the level of skills throughout the world.

WorldSkills South Africa

In South Africa the WorldSkills South Africa (WSSA) initiative is championed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Even though South Africa has participated in World Skills International (WSI) events since 1990, WSSA was formally established in April 2013 by the Deputy Minister of the Department of Higher Education and Training. Within the South African context participation in the World Skills competition holds huge potential to influence the development and employability of the South African Youth. In addition to this it acts as an effective vehicle to increasing awareness of apprenticeships and artisanal skills, raising the standard of vocational education and training and artisanal skills. This initiative also supports the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET): ‘Decade of the Artisan’.
It comes at a time where the issue of artisan development is of top priority for government as there is a shortage of skilled people in our country. Hence, the World Skills Competition aims to encourage more young people (high school learners, tertiary students and unemployed youth) to see artisanship as a career of choice to ease the skills shortage in South Africa.

Mission & Vision

”To raise the profile and recognition of skilled people, and show how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success.”
”Improving our world with the power of skills.”