WorldSkills could expand to 100 countries

President of WorldSkills International says he hopes that Ukraine, Pakistan and Nigeria will be among those joining its international skills competitions

Julia Belgutay

News article image

The WorldSkills competitions could soon expand to 100 countries, opening them up to 80 per cent of the world's population, the president of the body behind the programme has told TES.

Speaking at the EuroSkills competition in Gothenburg, Sweden, this morning, Simon Bartley (pictured), president of WorldSkills International, said that he wanted to see “about 80 per cent of the world population covered”, and he hoped that nations such as Ukraine, Pakistan and Nigeria would soon be joining the programme of competitions.

“We are already at about 73 or 74 per cent [of the world's populaiton]," he told TES. "If Pakistan and Nigeria join, that will push us very close to 80. I think you get to 80 per cent basically with 100 countries. I think a natural size for WorldSkills will be around 100.”

Membership of the organisation has risen from 59 countries five years ago to the current total of 76 members. The application of Ukraine is at a very advanced stage, according to WorldSkills International, and is now subject to approval by the board. Romania joined earlier this year.

'A depository of intelligence'

Mr Bartley said there were a number of countries that he hoped would become members. “In no particular order, Nigeria, because it is such a big economic power in Africa and is key to unlocking west and possibly sub-Saharan Africa. Pakistan is important because of its population and GDP. I think there are probably four [more nations] in Europe we are really interested in," he explained.

He added that there are a number of benefits to member nations, including access to WorldSkills' research, education and skills standards. WorldSkills is increasingly being viewed as “a depository of intelligence on what defines excellence in skills”, said Mr Bartley.

Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow TES FE News on Twitter, like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn

Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay is head of FE at Tes

Find me on Twitter @JBelgutay

Latest stories

Leadership: how to turn a failing school around

How to turn a failing school around

Rebuilding a school's shattered reputation isn't easy - but focus on belonging, brilliant staff and behaviour and you'll get there, writes Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards 22 Oct 2021
Staff surveys can be key to help uncover what CPD will really have an impact

How to use surveys to focus staff development plans

Staff surveys can be great for uncovering what teachers really want - but you need to ensure they ask the right questions and the insights are properly understood. Here's how you can do just that
Chris Lindop 22 Oct 2021