EuroSkills 2020 postponed owing to coronavirus

The biennial event is now planned for January 2021, organisers confirm

Kate Parker

Euroskills Graz 2020 delayed due to Coronavirus

EuroSkills Graz 2020 has been postponed until January 2021 in light of the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The event was due to take place from 16-20 September this year, but will now happen from 6-10 January 2021. 

In a statement, WorldSkills Europe and the EuroSkills Graz 2020 Organising Committee said: "We understand that the decision to postpone EuroSkills Graz 2020 will be disappointing for some, but the safety and wellbeing of all involved is paramount. We also know that this decision is in the best interests of everyone involved in the event and we appreciate the understanding and support of our generous WorldSkills Europe community at this time."

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Ben Blackledge, deputy chief executive of WorldSkills UK, said:  “Today we have been notified by WorldSkills Europe and the EuroSkills 2020 Organising Committee that due to the Covid-19 outbreak, EuroSkills Graz will now take place from 6-10 January 2021.  

“The decision to postpone EuroSkills was taken to safeguard the health of all involved in the event and to contribute to the containment of Covid-19.

“WorldSkills UK is committed to participating in the EuroSkills competition. Our number one priority remains the safety of the UK delegation and we will continue to act on the advice of the UK government and will travel to the event if only safe to do so.”

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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a FE reporter.

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