WorldSkills is an international professional skills competition that is referred to also as the "Skills Olympics". In this competition young people from almost 60 countries worldwide demonstrate their skills in more than 45 professionals’ trades on the global stage. The competition is an annual event and it alternates with the professional skills competition of the European scale EuroSkills.
The beginnings of the competition date back to 1946 when Spain experienced the lack of skilled labour. Director of the Spanish Youth Organisation José Antonio Elola Olaso together with his supporters proposed the organisation of the professional skills competitions as a solution to this problem. Back in 1950 the first competition was arranged where young people from companies from all over Spain were competing for the titles of masters of trade experiencing the spirit of competition, adults held discussions on innovations and results and spectators learned about the diversity of professions and the secrets of trades.
The idea of this competition of professional skills has successfully survived up to today and grown from the national competition of Spain into a global competition.
WorldSkills competition is the attestation that both traditional and modern professions and skills are one of the basis of the global economic and social welfare. WorldSkills London 2011 will be held in London, the capital of Great Britain, from 5 to 8 October. This was the first time when Latvia participated in the prestigious competition of young professionals WorldSkills London 2011.