Lessburg, VA (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
SkillsUSA, the organization that represents the United States in the WorldSkills Competition, will send 20 career and technical education students to Leipzig, Germany, in July 2013 to compete in the 42nd biennial international event. The students will test their skills against more than 1,000 students representing over 60 countries and regions from around the world competing in 45 skill official competitions and one demonstration contest.
The competitors representing 19 skill categories are to be the official U.S. representatives at the international competition, where 5,000 international experts, delegates and judges will gather. Three thousand volunteers will be recruited to assist with the event, and 200,000 student and public spectators will attend the competition.
As the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) stated in its book Learning for Jobs, Increasingly, countries are recognizing that good initial vocational education and training has a major contribution to make to economic competitiveness, Simon Field from OECD said. The wealth of nations will come to rely more on the skills of their people than on other sources such as natural resources.
WorldTeamUSA will meet and compete in Germany with young workers from all around the globe and the team will represent our country well, said Tim Lawrence, executive director, SkillsUSA. And, just as in sports competitions, winning contestants will be awarded medals and honors. The difference between this and sports, however, is that nations rise on the success of their workforce. Skilled, capable and flexible workers are the backbone of any nations economy and this competition highlights that fact.
The WorldTeam competitors earned the right to be members of WorldTeam by winning local, district and national contests under the SkillsUSA Championships program and then by participating in an application and interview process. Competitors must be under the age of 23.
Chosen to compete in the WorldSkills International Competition to date are the following students: