"You have offered proof of the strength of vocational education"

Successful German team at the WorldSkills Competition receives a warm welcome at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


4 gold medals, 2 silver, 2 bronze, and 12 Medallions for Excellence – this is the outstanding result of the German team at the 40th WorldSkills Competition.

All 23 team members received a warm reception at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Bonn. Andreas Storm, non-cabinet minister with special responsibility for education offered his congratulations, "You can be proud of what you have achieved. You have held your own against strong competition and you have presented yourselves as worthy embassadors of our country".

900 apprentices and young professionals from 50 countries were competing in 40 different skills in this year’s world championship in Calgary. Storm said, "The success of vocational training in Germany is mainly based on the training’s practical orientation and the fact that it keeps up with the latest technical developments. Its efficiency has once again been demonstrated in Calgary".

Storm also emphasised how glad he is that the WorldSkills Competition 2013 will take place in Germany. Under the leadership of Skills Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Saxony, the city of Leipzig and the Leipziger Messe exhibition centre will jointly host the competition in four year’s time. All relevant stakeholders are called upon to actively take part in planning and carrying out the event. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research will sponsor the world championship with 10 million euros.

Storm finally remarked, "The WorldSkills Competition serves as a perfect platform for a fair comparison and transparent measuring of vocational capabilities. I hope to see you all again in Leipzig".

Source: News Release by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, October 2009, revised by iMOVE