From German Chancellor Angela Merkel
To the 42nd WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig
In hosting WorldSkills 2013, Germany has opened its doors to a very special international competition. Apprentices and young skilled workers from all over the world will be competing against one another in various professional disciplines, together showcasing the strength of craftsmanship, industry and services. The passion and enthusiasm they demonstrate will inspire fresh interest in each of the professions they represent.
The 42nd WorldSkills Competition will afford its visitors fascinating insights into a whole range of different fields and professions. It will also highlight the great value that vocational education has for young people’s careers and for viable, innovation-oriented economies.
Germany relies on its established and successful dual system of vocational training, which guarantees a particularly strong emphasis on the practical, on-the-job side of training. Companies and schools work together to prepare apprentices for working life. By grasping the opportunities offered by that dual system, young people can carve out attractive career prospects. The possibilities include a great variety of ways to go on and gain further qualifications. That’s education enabling upward mobility, and it has the German Government’s full support.
It is an honour for Germany to host the 42nd WorldSkills Competition. As patron of the contest, I take this opportunity to wish all our guests from near and far a very warm welcome. I hope that your time in Leipzig proves stimulating, successful and lots of fun.