Kocher & Plakolm: WorldSkills 2022 in Salzburg is a nice signal for Austria as a nation of apprentices
“Apprentice World Championships” are held in Austria
Vienna (OTS) – From November 17th to 20th, apprentices from all over the world will compete against each other in seven competitions in the Salzburg exhibition center. Originally, the Worldskills would have taken place in Shanghai, but now the staging is divided between several countries, including Austria.
“Austria has a very good training system in international comparison and enjoys great recognition worldwide, especially for dual training. Just a few months ago, Austria was able to sign an agreement with the United States to strengthen cooperation in the field of teaching. As the federal government, we are doing everything we can to continue to comprehensively shape the framework conditions for apprenticeship training in Austria and thus expand Austria’s pioneering role in this area. Against this background, I am particularly pleased that Austria was also selected as the venue for this year’s WorldSkills,” said Labor Minister Martin Kocher.
“Our apprentices regularly have a better medal count at international competitions than Austria at the Olympic Games. The Worldskills in Salzburg are a nice signal for Austria as a nation of apprentices and hopefully continue to inspire enthusiasm for the model apprenticeship. Because the apprenticeship must not be Plan B if things don’t go well with school, but must be Plan A for tomorrow’s best specialists,” says Secretary of State for Youth Claudia Plakolm.
After the WorldSkills 2022 in Shanghai could not take place due to Covid lockdowns, the 85 participating countries divided the competitions between 15 host countries. 44 participants are starting for Austria, and Austria was able to secure 12 medals at the WorldSkills 2019. In autumn, apprentices in Austria compete in the fields of concrete construction, building construction, electrical engineering, plant electrics, forwarding logistics, heavy vehicle technology and chemical laboratory technology.
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