Luxembourg bids to host WorldSkills Europe General Assembly 2024
WorldSkills Luxembourg has submitted a bid to host the WorldSkills Europe General Assembly 2024.
The bid underlines Luxembourg’s continued commitment to promoting closer cross-border exchanges between European nations with the goal of increasing the attractiveness, growth and development of technical and vocational education and training for young people.
In June 2022, Luxembourg presented a joint bid with Germany to co-host the tenth EuroSkills Competition in Düsseldorf in 2027, which was accepted by unanimous vote by WorldSkills Europe Members. The ground-breaking moment marked the first time in WorldSkills Europe’s 15-year history that two nations have been confirmed as joint hosts of a EuroSkills Competition.
“Luxembourg’s bid to host the WorldSkills Europe General Assembly 2024 further highlights its already significant commitment to improving our world through the provision of world-class training and standards in professional skills,” said Teija Ripattila, Chair of the Board of WorldSkills Europe.
“WorldSkills Luxembourg has prepared an excellent proposal for a General Assembly that would contribute significantly to the development of their organisation on a national level and to the ongoing positive impact of the WorldSkills movement in Europe,” added Ripattila.
Luxembourg’s proposed events to be integrated as part of the General Assembly 2024 programme would include participation from the Luxembourgish Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, which would see current and potential new concepts and approaches to competition-based learning discussed and explored by all 32 WorldSkills Europe Member Countries.
Gil Belling, President of WorldSkills Luxembourg, said: “Hosting the WorldSkills Europe General Assembly 2024 would not only be a great honour, but also an excellent opportunity to showcase WorldSkills Luxembourg’s enthusiasm and devotion to contribute to the WorldSkills movement. We would like to use the momentum we have gathered on the road to EuroSkills Düsseldorf 2027 and welcome Delegates from all Member countries to show them our beautiful country and what it can achieve. We are ready to assume our responsibility and work together to achieve our common goals.”
Luxembourg’s proposed location for the General Assembly 2024 is in the Kirchberg area of Luxembourg City, which is home to one of several seats of the European Union and to other institutions such as the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Auditors, and the European Investment Bank.
The Kirchberg area is also famous for its cultural landmarks and places of interest, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM), the Philharmonic Orchestra (pictured below), and the early 18th century fortification, Fort Thüngen.
Side activities for a General Assembly hosted by Luxembourg could potentially include a guided tour of Luxembourg City’s Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to the European Museum in Schengen.
WorldSkills Luxembourg will present its bid to host the General Assembly 2024 to Delegates representing all 32 Member countries of WorldSkills Europe during the General Assembly 2023, which will take place on Wednesday 6 September 2023 at AmberExpo Gdańsk in Poland (during EuroSkills Competition 2023). Members will then vote on the bid and details of the outcome will be posted on the WorldSkills Europe website after all votes have been cast, counted, and verified.
The General Assembly is the highest authority of WorldSkills Europe. The General Assembly 2024 will include meetings of the WorldSkills Europe Strategy and Competitions Committees, Marketing and Communications Officers, and WorldSkills Europe Sponsors and Partners.
About WorldSkills Luxembourg
WorldSkills Luxembourg's mission is to promote vocational training for young people through national, European and global competitions. To do this, WorldSkills Luxembourg works with experts from industry and education to find young talented professionals and trainees who are motivated to compete and aim for excellence. The young professionals compete against each other and showcase their skills to the public. In doing so, the Competitors demonstrate the importance of competitiveness in vocational skills and convey a positive message about technical and vocational education and training.
As part of its ongoing programme of activities, WorldSkills Luxembourg organises the National Skills Competition, LuxSkills, and selects and trains the most skilled Competitors to participate in the international skills competitions, EuroSkills and WorldSkills.
Find out more about WorldSkills Luxembourg at: worldskills.lu.
Learn more about Luxembourg
The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is a small, landlocked country located in Western Europe between Germany, France, and Belgium. It covers 2.586,4 km2 and has a population of around 660,000 (255 people per km2).
As one of the founding members of the European Union and seats of several European institutions, Luxembourg plays an important role as a place of networking and cooperation on an international level.
Luxembourg is multilingual, with three official languages (Luxembourgish, German, and French) and a very high level of English proficiency. Renowned for its strong economy, multiculturalism, and rich history, it is both rooted in tradition and embracing the future.
The country's vibrant capital, Luxembourg City, is connected to motorways to France, Germany, and Belgium. It is also connected to the European railway network and to an international airport. Since March 2020, all public transport in Luxembourg is free of charge.
Famous attractions in Luxembourg include the old remains of the fortifications, such as the casemates or the Bock, the picturesque alleys of the Grund district, the deep gorges of the Alzette and Petrusse valleys, or the Monument of Remembrance "Gëlle Fra".