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 through special action! Convince young people’s parents, trainers and company chiefs that a promising future is possible only through good vocational education.
And so the first international vocational training competition took place in Madrid in 1950 between Spain and Portugal attended by observers from around Europe. The “Youth Skill Olympics” was born, and became Albert Vidal’s life’s work. First, as Secretary General for 33 years, and a further 7 years as President. He shaped our organization into the remarkable world-wide movement that it is today, and passionately espoused its values which we proudly continue to uphold. Values such as;
- supporting all our Members to compete on a level playing field.
- enabling all our young competitors to do their best without regard to their gender, nationality, or religion.
- embracing excellence, innovation and creativity, and a respect for the diversity of languages and cultures.
Our WorldSkills values define the spirit of WorldSkills. A spirit, that I believe, is stronger than ever in our rapidly growing WorldSkills family.
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