Seven countries neighbouring the European Union (Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Palestine, Russia) took active part in WorldSkills, an international competition where young people (17-24 years old) demonstrate their vocational skills – from joinery to floristry; hairdressing to electronics; and auto repair to bakery.
The competition took place in Kazan, Russia and was attended by 1,354 competitors from 63 countries and regions, competing in 56 skills’ categories. The European Training Foundation also keenly participated in the event, given its key role in supporting countries around the EU to develop through vocational education reforms. During an outstanding award ceremony, winners took stage surrounded by vocal supporters. With 153 competitors overall, countries neighbouring the European Union collected 108 total medal points,
As a lateral prize, two Moroccan teams excelled in their group of 270 competitors ranking second and third as innovative young social entrepreneurs of the category BeChangeMaker 2019. Seaskin Morocco’s project consisted in transforming fish waste into fashionable handmade products, meanwhile, Zelij Invent was awarded for its commitment in turning plastic waste into eco-friendly construction materials.
WorldSkills organises an international competition every two years: next one will take place in Shanghai, China, in 2021.