AustrianSkills in Salzburg: 200 young professionals fight for World Cup and European Championship tickets
Austrian state championships in 32 competitions – qualification for Shanghai and St. Petersburg
Vienna (OTS) – From Thursday to Sunday, around 200 participants will be fighting to qualify for the upcoming World and European Championships at the AustrianSkills in Salzburg.
After being postponed several times, the Austrian state championships for the professions “AustrianSkills 2021” will take place without visitors from 20 to 23 January 2022 in the Salzburg Exhibition Center. Originally, AustrianSkills should have taken place in November 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was initially postponed by a year to November 2021 and finally by a further two months to January 2022.
Five disciplines held for the first time
In the multi-day competitions, the best young professionals in Austria compete against their colleagues in 32 professions to prove their skills. Five team competitions and 27 individual competitions are staged in Salzburg. Five disciplines will be held for the first time as part of AustrianSkills: Digital Construction 4.0, insulation technology, optoelectronics, robot systems integration and freight forwarding clerk.
During the three days of the competition, the best local participants compete against each other to implement challenging projects as perfectly as possible. The projects are based on the level of the international professional competitions WorldSkills and EuroSkills. The competitions take place from Thursday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The result of AustrianSkills is the basis for being sent to WorldSkills 2022 in Shanghai and EuroSkills 2023 in St. Petersburg.
“Expect a high level after the European Championship at home”
“After the sensational home European Championships EuroSkills Graz 2021 with 33 Austrian medals, we expect a high level from our highly motivated specialists in Salzburg as well. The bar is high: Anyone who wants to qualify and hardly wants to be in Austria in Shanghai and St. Petersburg has to show an excellent performance at AustrianSkills,” says Philipp Gady, Vice President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ).
AustrianSkills take place under increased safety precautions that go beyond the legal requirements and without visitors. In order to make the qualification process for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 and EuroSkills St. Petersburg 2023 as safe as possible for all occasions, the number of people participating in the competition area will be reduced to the necessary minimum.
“Implementation is necessary”
“The implementation of AustrianSkills is necessary because the next WorldSkills 2022 World Championships will take place from October 12th to 17th, 2022. In order to ensure a successful preparation for WorldSkills, the nomination of the candidates must be completed by the end of January 2022,” explains Gady.
In order to take part in the professional championships, you must have completed professional or school training in Austria and the participants need job-specific English skills. The age limit for WorldSkills is 22 years and for EuroSkills 25 years. The professionals must also be of legal age at the time of the competition.
Image and video material
For those who unfortunately cannot be there this time, up-to-date photos and videos from the competitions will be continuously uploaded to SkillsAustria’s social media channels. The award ceremony on Sunday at 11 a.m. will be streamed live.
Up-to-date image material is available on Flickr and can be used free of charge for press purposes if the image rights (WKÖ/SkillsAustria/FlorianWieser) are named:
You can find up-to-date video material on the YouTube channel:
You can find more information about the professional competitions at national and international level at
As the center for professional competitions within the WKO, SkillsAustria coordinates the Austrian championships (AustrianSkills). The winners represent Austria in the international competitions – EuroSkills and WorldSkills. In addition, SkillsAustria is responsible for preparing and sending the Austrian team to the international skills competitions and for public relations. The Austrian Chamber of Commerce has been a member of WorldSkills International since 1958 and has regularly sent an Austrian team to the international world skills championships since 1961. In addition, the WKÖ has been a member of WorldSkills Europe since 2007. Austria has been at EuroSkills since the first European Championships in 2008.
The SkillsAustria project is managed by the WKÖ, the nine chambers of commerce in the federal states and the specialist organizations in the trades and crafts, industry, tourism and leisure industry, information and consulting, trade and transport and traffic sectors. The project is co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research.
EuroSkills is a professional competition that is held every two years in the form of a European championship. The focus is on the top performances of young, highly talented specialists. The participants are young professionals up to the age of 25 who have either completed an apprenticeship, a vocational school (BMHS) or a university of applied sciences. The competitions in the professional fields of industry, trade, trade and services are contested by around 400 active participants from a total of 31 countries.
Founded in 1950, WorldSkills International is now a global non-profit organization with 85 member countries on all 5 continents. Its mission is to continuously improve the image of artisanal, industrial and service occupations and vocational training worldwide. The aim of this international platform is to promote young professionals and to develop new, innovative ways of vocational training.
Every two years, WorldSkills International organizes world skills championships in different venues. Each WorldSkills member country has the option of sending one participant or team of participants per skill. Around 1,400 participants from the WorldSkills member countries are now competing in more than 50 professions for gold, silver and bronze medals and, of course, for the title of “world champion” in their profession. WorldSkills participants may not be older than 22 in the competition year (exceptions in individual professions up to 25 years). (PWK019/HSP)
Questions & contact:
Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ)
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Austrian Chamber of Commerce
T 0590 900 – 4462
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