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WorldSkills Foundation


The WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) was established in 2011 to use the skills and expertise from WorldSkills Competitions beyond the event.

It created a global network of WorldSkills Champions and Experts who would contribute their energy and efforts to projects to improve lives around the world. 



WorldSkills Foundation projects

Making an impact

Each project was run with highly skilled professionals, supported by strategic global partnerships, to achieve WorldSkills’ vision of improving our world with the power of skills.

During this time WSF worked with governments, NGOs, Global Partners, and educational institutions to tackle issues that ranged from public health and sanitation, to innovative and engaging training methods and research for vocational excellence, all with the objective of improving the lives of global communities through skills.

The work of the WSF brought new partnerships and areas of collaboration that translated into more value and benefits for all the stakeholders of WorldSkills. With the support of Global Founding Partners and project partners, WSF was able to take financial and in-kind resources to create innovative and impactful projects that helped change lives around the world. 

The WorldSkills Foundation and its partners created skills projects which brought real changes to individuals and communities beyond the WorldSkills Competition


Modelling Vocational Excellence


Studying the motivations and experiences of Competitors and Experts who participated in WorldSkills London 2011.

Innovation labs


Developing 3D Virtual Reality training applications for learning environments.

Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development


A one-day conference defining green skills, practices, and technology.

Sanitation Studios


Developing design processes and construction methods to improve living environments and people's health.

Water Innovation Challenge


Designing and producing innovative plumbing and sanitation solutions for the communities in Nepal and Bangladesh.

National Skills Competition Côte d'Ivoire


Helping Côte d'Ivoire to organize its first National Skills Competition.

Community Plumbing Challenge


Restoring and upgrading the washing and toilet facilities at a municipal school in Nashik, India.

WorldSkills Digital Challenge


Top developers and designers worked with WorldSkills Champions in a hackathon-style event.

A New Look at Skills


Creating a better visitor experiences with digital 3D technologies.

WorldSkills Listen Up!


Increasing awareness and providing solutions to hearing safety issues at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

Urban Design Challenge


Developing ideas to improve recycling, water, and recreation in communities.

Thanks to the Global Founding Partners for their contributions

Global Founding Partners

  • Dusseldorp Skills Forum
  • The Education & Training Foundation
  • Festo Didactic
  • IAPMO Group
  • Industrias Romi
  • RMIT University

Thanks to the project partners for their support

Project partners

  • 3M
  • Atados
  • Autodesk
  • BMZ - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Cisco
  • Centro de Voluntariado de São Paulo
  • Discover Music – Discover Live (DMDL)
  • DreamNGO
  • EON Reality
  • ETC (Educational Technology Consulting) 
  • European Union
  • FIAP
  • Google Developers
  • Healthabitat
  • Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore
  • Instituto Doar
  • ISER (Institute of Religious Studies)
  • Jovens Constructores
  • Máquina do Bem
  • ponteAponte
  • Reciclaçao
  • Senai Brazil 
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
  • WorldSkills Germany


Will WorldSkills continue these type of projects?

The future

The experiences and stories of the WSF projects established a strong foundation for the kind of work and partnerships that are crucial for WorldSkills to deliver value to our stakeholders and achieve our mission and vision.

When WSF began, its remit covered projects related to all non-competition areas and opportunities, while WSI focused on competitions. In 2014 WorldSkills adopted a new Vision, Mission, and Position which organised its work into six focus areas: Skills Competitions, Career Building, Education and Training, International Cooperation and Development, Promoting Skills, and Research. As part of this evolution, the work of WSF was brought under a single organization, WorldSkills International. 

WorldSkills will continue to develop projects and partnerships that will have a positive impact on our world in ways that allow us to utilize available resources more effectively and demonstrate the value of our organization to existing and potential partners.