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 16th to 20th September 2020. 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
16 September 2020: Opening day: conferences, training sessions, opening ceremony
17 – 19 September 2020: competitions, seminars, conferences and side events as part of the supporting programme
20 September 2020: closing ceremony with presentation of awards
The detailed programme will follow.
- 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.
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.
For the EuroSkills2020 event, some 55 volunteers were recruited to ensure the smooth running of the competitions. One or two managers are needed for each category of skill/profession. They will be responsible for organising and setting up the workshops and will receive extensive training and preparation in these areas. During the European Skills Championships 2020 in Graz they will then be responsible for correctly setting up their assigned working areas and ensuring that the competitions run smoothly.
A mega event on a European scale cannot be staged without the support of many willing helpers. This is why about 500 volunteer helpers are sought, who are willing to do all they can to make the competitions a success. They will be important representatives during the event, ensure that the event on site is organised in a professional manner and play a key role in shaping the impression made on national and international guests alike. Thanks to the volunteers it will be possible to host up to 10,000 visitors, about 600 competitors from 30 nations and approximately 100 sponsors.
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.
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 70 member nations.
The main focus of the vocational skills championships is the international competition. It gives young people up to 22 years of age from all over the word the opportunity to showcase their professional skills in about 45 disciplines on an international stage.