In 1946 two Spaniards had a vision. José Antonio Elola Olaso and Francisco Albert-Vidal dreamed of an international craft skills competition, a professional-quality championship with participants from all over the world. The first Spanish championships for apprentices were a roaring success in 1947.
In 1950, neighbouring Portugal joins in, and since 1953 more and more countries have taken up the challenge. Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland entered teams for the International Vocational Training Contest.
Since 1999 the event has been known as WorldSkills. Initially held annually, it has been held every other year since 1973.
Today, up to 65 countries and regions take part in this mega-event.
Germany has hosted it three times so far: in Duisburg in 1961, in Munich in 1973 and in Leipzig in 2013.
For further information visit the website of WorldSkills International.