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Riding the elephant

The WorldSkills International (WSI) General Assembly in Kingston, Jamaica, marked many milestones for WSI – the election of your new President and Board of Directors. The induction of the world’s most populous nation into your membership (China became WSI’s 53rd Member country/region), and the presentation and ratification of a new 10 year plan. There is [...]

Honouring the past and launching the future

An abridged version of my speech at the commencement of our 60th Anniversary General Assembly meeting in Kingston. Dear Colleagues, dear friends Tribute to our founder In 1946  Francisco Albert Vidal began a voyage of discovery entrusted to him by the head of Spain’s National Youth Organization, with the mission to; Fill youth with enthusiasm [...]

Past-present & future

I entered WorldSkills, or the IVTO (International Vocational Training Organization) as it was known then, as Technical Delegate for Sweden at the General Assembly meeting in Portugal during the 50 year celebrations in 2000. I met a paper bound and well organized IVTO. As new Technical Delegate I tried get a picture of the upcoming [...]