WorldSkills Foundation

The WorldSkills Foundation (WSF) was launched in Madrid, Spain in 2011 and is the research, advocacy and education arm of WorldSkills International. Its purpose is to complement the WorldSkills Competition. In this way the Foundation aims to achieve its shared mission with WorldSkills International to promote skills across the world.

Jack Dusseldorp, previously President of WorldSkills International, is the Chairman of the WorldSkills Foundation.

Dusseldorp Skills Forum, Festo, ROMI, RMIT University and the Skills Funding Agency are Founding Global Partners of the Foundation.

The first activity undertaken by the Foundation is MoVE International – a global research initiative exploring what ‘vocational excellence’ is – and was initiated by surveying the recent Competitors and Experts at the WorldSkills London 2011 Competition.  The final report will be disseminated in 2012.

Watch the WorldSkills tribute to Jack’s achievements as President of WorldSkills International (1999 through to the end of WorldSkills London 2011).

Hear from Jack about the globalisation of WorldSkills and the growing recognition of the importance of skill development. Watch Bob Hawke (Prime Minister, Australia, 1983 – 1991) pay tribute to Jack’s focus on young peoples’ capacity to improve themselves and make a greater contribution to their society.

For more information visit:

WorldSkills Foundation – Our Story (3.98 MB)