Three cities competed for the right to organise the event in 2018, Colombia (Cartegena), Ireland (Dublin), and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). All members of WorldSkills voted for the Netherlands to host the WorldSkills General Assembly 2018 in Amsterdam.
The three bidding Members offered different visions for the General Assembly in 2018, which will include a public WorldSkills Leaders Forum that focuses on the most topical themes in vocational education and skills excellence.
The Dutch bid proposed a “concurrent, interactive, and attractive program” in Amsterdam in 2018. “A Davos of Skills”. The Dutch proposal recommended that the GA utilizes the six focus areas of WorldSkills to “involve our Dutch stakeholders, such as governmental, young people, (T)VET, internationalization, apprenticeships, and research organizations and their international partners, to make both an interesting and substantive program.”
The voting took place on the first day of the WorldSkills General Assembly in Niagara Falls, Canada.
The current General Assembly continues in Niagara Falls until 6 October.
Watch a video of all the bids and the announcement of the result at www.facebook.com/WorldSkills.