Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about EuroSkills 2020. What are the vocational championships all about? Which organisation is responsible for it and how will EuroSkills 2020 be run?
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EuroSkills is the name of the European vocational skills championships which are held every two years in one of the 30 WorldSkills Europe member countries They are not apprentice championships!
EuroSkills2020 is the official title of the European vocational skills championships that are due to be staged in Graz, Austria, from 6th to 10th January 2021. The competitions and the closing ceremony will take place in the Messe Congress Graz exhibition centre, while the opening ceremony will be held in the Merkur ice arena.
30 member countries
about 45 skills and trades
Up to 10.000 visitors
4 – 5 January 2021: arrival of experts, delegates, teams; conferences; training sessions
6 January 2021: Opening day: conferences, training sessions, opening ceremony
7 – 9 January 2021: competitions, seminars, conferences and side events as part of the supporting programme
10 January 2021: closing ceremony with presentation of awards
The detailed programme will follow.
A new Competition entering EuroSkills for the first time with the required number of Competitors registered at the close of the pre-registration stage is called a “Demonstration Skill”. These Competitions are however not simply a “demonstration” of the Skill but are a fully integrated and Official Competition, which forms part of the formal EuroSkills event.
Demonstration Skills are required to operate under the Competition rules and governance structure like all other Official Skills at EuroSkills. In their first year, however, they are allowed to operate with one less Competitor or team than those Competitions classified as Official Skills (OS).
Host Presentation Skills
The Competition Organising Committee may present other Skills in order to promote them. These are designated as Host Presentation Skills, and are not subject to Competition Rules and are not officially assessed. If the presentation takes the form of a competition then Medals, medallions and/or certificates of participation may be awarded at the discretion of the Competition Organising Committee. These awards cannot be WorldSkills Europe official medals, medallions, or certificates and the associated results will not be included in the WorldSkills Europe official awards lists. The Competition Organising Committee can invite other WSE Members to participate in these Presentation Skills.
The main task of the company EuroSkills 2020 GmbH is to stage the competitions in 2021 as efficiently and effectively as possible. As the organising body for the European vocational skills championships, the company is responsible for ensuring fair competition conditions. For this reason, it is also clearly separate from Skills Austria, which is the body responsible for setting up the Austrian national team (“Team Austria”). As organisers of EuroSkills 2020, the company is responsible for recruiting and training workshop managers, arranging side events, communication and advertising, finding sponsors and, of course, running the event itself in 2021.
- Throw the spotlight on highly trained and skilled workforces
- Provide an international showcase for companies
Allow comparison of education systems
The competitors in EuroSkills 2020 will derive the greatest benefit from the intensive training they undergo during the preparations for the competitions. This enables them to perfect their skills and gather valuable experience that they can put to use later in their professional life. The candidates can also benefit from exchanging ideas with participants from 30 European countries, which enables them not only to learn from each other, but also to build up an international network of colleagues and experts.
EuroSkills 2020 offers sponsors the opportunity to benefit from international and national presence and PR. Various packages ranging in size are available and comprise a varied mix of communication, presentation and advertising. In addition, the four-day event in 2021 will provide the perfect opportunity for sponsors to establish valuable contacts with other companies in their industry at national and international level.
Candidates who achieve a score of more than 700 points (out of a possible 800) but do not qualify for a medal will receive the “Medaillon for Excellence” diploma.
About the organisations
SUCCESSES (since 2008)
- 199 Austrian competitors
- 111 Austrian medals
(96 in individual events and 15 in team events)
- 33 Austrian “Medallion for Excellence” achievement diplomas
WorldSkills Europe is the European umbrella organisation. It is the body that grants the licence to host vocational skills championships and was founded as a member organisation in 2007. Its members are the authorised national qualification organisations (in Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce) from all EU and EFTA member states and from other candidate countries. The main goal of WorldSkills Europe (WSE) is to promote the highest standards in the field of vocational qualifications, vocational education and on skills and craftsmanship, with a clear focus on young people. WorldSkills Europe supports the EU policy of lifelong learning and is dedicated to boosting the attractiveness and value of high-quality vocational education across Europe. WorldSkills Europe currently has 30 member countries.
EuroSkills is the main event for implementing these goals. EuroSkills has been developed in collaboration with the WSE members. All European countries are entitled to join WSE; membership is compulsory for participating in the EuroSkills competitions.
WordSkills International is the name of the international vocational skills championships. Austria has been sending teams to these world championships for many years now and indeed hosted the event in 1983, with the town of Linz as the venue.
WorldSkills is an international vocational skills contest staged every two years. WorldSkills International, a non-profit organization founded in 1953 and with its General Secretariat in the Netherlands, is the body responsible for the vocational skills championships.
WorldSkills’ mission is the ongoing revaluation of the image of skills and trades, industrial and service occupations and of vocational education worldwide – in an innovative manner. WorldSkills currently has almost 83 member nations.
The main focus of the vocational skills championships is the international competition. It gives young people up to 23 years of age from all over the word the opportunity to showcase their professional skills in about 45 disciplines on an international stage.