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Teija Ripattila appointed Chair of WorldSkills Europe Board


Teija Ripattila, Chief Training Manager and Official Delegate at Skills Finland, has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors at WorldSkills Europe.

Currently Finland’s Chief Training Manager and Official Delegate for EuroSkills, and Team Leader for WorldSkills, Teija is responsible for excellence in skills training for competitors, skills managers and experts. She works very closely with every skill and develops the national team for EuroSkills and WorldSkills Competitions.

Teija has been a Member of the WorldSkills Europe Board of Directors since 2014, serving most recently as Vice Chair of the Strategy Committee since 2018.

Prior to joining Skills Finland in 2011, Teija worked for many years as a teacher in vocational education and training in printing technology and graphic design. In addition to teaching, Teija also worked as a team leader for teachers. Teija trained students for many years for the Finnish National Skills Competition, Taitaja, before joining Skills Finland. She has always been curious to find the object of interest of each student and then helping them to achieve their potential.

Commenting on her appointment, Teija Ripattila said: “I am looking forward to working with my fellow Board Members and all Member Countries in my new role as Chair of the WorldSkills Europe Board. Having worked for many years as a vocational education teacher, TVET and skills competitions are very close to my heart,”

“WorldSkills Europe and EuroSkills Competitions are a magnificent way to improve European standards of excellence in vocational education and training and skills. We need young people with skills, and with excellent skills, especially right now, to help European industries and economies recover and continue to tackle the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Laurence Gates, CEO, WorldSkills Europe, said: “Teija Ripattila has already contributed so much to the strategic direction of the WorldSkills movement on both a national level in Finland, and on a European level as a Board Member of WorldSkills Europe.

“I congratulate Teija on her appointment and I very much look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role as Chair of the Board.”

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