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The WorldSkills Competition (WSC) is an exemplification of the pinnacle of excellence in career and technical training. Every two years, the United States sends a delegation of its most talented young, skilled workers to compete in the Olympics-style WorldSkills Competition. These students represent the best of their peers and are drawn from national skills competitions across the globe.


SkillsUSA is a member of WorldSkills International, headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This organization sponsors the biennial WorldSkills Competition (WSC). The WorldSkills Competition (WSC) is held every two years and it is the largest international showcase of the skilled trades. More than 1,400 competitors from over 80 countries and regions around the world compete in more than 60 different trade skills, including construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology, manufacturing and engineering, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics.

WorldSkills was founded in 1950 and currently has members from 85 countries/regions, with efforts constantly being made to expand the membership. In 1973, President Richard Nixon recognized SkillsUSA (then known as VICA) as the official organization representing the United States. Only one organization may represent a country in the official delegation and certify that country’s international competitors.

The previous WSC was held in Shanghai, China, Oct. 12-17, 2022. The next WSC will be held in Lyon, France, Sept. 10-15, 2024.

Why WorldSkills?

WorldSkills inspires young people to pursue a passion for skills and pursuing excellence through competitions and promotions. The organization develops skills through global training standards, benchmarking systems and enhanced industry engagement. WorldSkills influences industry, government and educators through cooperation and research, building a global platform of skills for all.


Participation in the WSC has provided a vehicle for comparing our career and technical students and methods of training with that of our major free-market competitors. The training technologies displayed at the WSC exemplify the ultimate standard in skilled workforce preparation. As such, they offer important lessons for technical instructors and for SkillsUSA’s corporate partners, whose productivity depends on employees with up-to-date skills. WSC results are one of the benchmarks by which a country’s global economic competitiveness is judged.

For more information about the WorldSkills USA Team Selection Procedures & Criteria, please click here

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