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About WorldSkills Europe

WorldSkills Europe is part of the global WorldSkills movement – a group of people and organisations, including WorldSkills International, that together advance the shared social objective of increasing the provision and development of skills.

WorldSkills Europe promotes vocational, technological and service oriented education and training across Europe, working with youth, educators, governments, and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.

WorldSkills Europe brings youth, industries, and educators together to give young people the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice. Together with 31 WorldSkills Europe Member countries, WorldSkills Europe organises EuroSkills – the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in Europe.

Held every two years, EuroSkills sees hundreds of young people from countries across Europe come together to compete for the chance to become the Best in Europe in their chosen skill or profession.

From the traditional trades to multi-skilled technology careers in the industry and service sectors, supported by Members, partners, industries, governments, volunteers, and educational institutions, WorldSkills Europe is making a direct impact on raising the level of skills throughout Europe.

WorldSkills Europe works in close collaboration with European sector organisations to help shape the current and future occupational standards needed by the European continent to compete in the global economy.

Skills are the foundation of modern life. They are the driving force behind successful careers and companies, thriving industries and economies. Skills change lives.

WorldSkills Europe Board of Directors


Mrs. Teija Ripattila
Chair of the Board


Mr. Guillaume Suteau  
Chair Competition Committee


Mr. Patrik Svensson   
Vice Chair Competition Committee


Mr. Terry Cooke
United Kingdom
Treasurer - Board Secretary

Mr. Ben Blackledge
United Kingdom
Board Member - Equity and Diversity

WorldSkills Europe Secretariat

Laurence Gates: Chief Executive Officer
Eugene Incerti: Director of Competitions and Operations
Jordy de Groot: Competition and IT Coordinator
Maria Atzmon Director of Administration and Membership Services
Tom York: Director of Marketing and Communications
Mirjam Bos: Director of Finance
Zsófia Csiszár: Director of Sponsorship and Partnership



WorldSkills Europe Secretariat
Keizersgracht 241
1016EA Amsterdam
The Netherlands