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This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2023-08-14

This year, however, things are different, as we look excitedly ahead towards September, when Europe’s biggest skills event will arrive in Gdańsk, Poland for the very first time.

In just one month, from 5-9 September 2023, tens of thousands of people from 32 different countries across Europe will gather in Gdańsk. It will be a meeting place of a wide variety of industries, education institutions, government representatives, and communities, all with the shared belief that #UnitedBySkills we can change the world.

Many months of preparation and intense training, as well as a commitment to excellence in skills, is the luggage that over 600 young professionals will be bringing with them to Gdańsk, ready to showcase their talents for a chance to earn the title of Best in Europe in their chosen fields of expertise.

An international showcase of vocational education and skills excellence

Organised by WorldSkills Europe together with 32 Member Countries, the biennial EuroSkills Competition, brings together hundreds of talented young people under the age of 25 to display their professional expertise in more than 40 different skills. EuroSkills Competitors represent the best of their peers, having been selected after taking part in national competitions in their respective countries.

From 5-9 September, Gdańsk will become a city of stories, welcoming not only 600 young professionals, but also around 500 experts from industry and education, as well as political leaders and influencers, who will meet to discuss important issues and exchange new ideas related to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills in Europe.

Thousands of vocational and technical education students who visit will also get to see the important role they can play in the skills ecosystem and understand how the future belongs to them.

One event, many attractions

AmberExpo Exhibition and Congress Centre and the Polsat Plus Arena Gdansk will be the most important points on the map of Gdańsk. The two adjoining locations will be linked with a series of magnificent tent structures to create a ‘city of skills’, set to host the 8 th European Championship of Young Professionals.

Get ready to spend three action-packed days witnessing the young people hard at work, who will demonstrate their professional skills, vying to earn a place on the medal podium. Cheer on your national team and make sure to visit the Try-a-Skill and Sponsor and Partner exhibition zones. The entire space of the event covers more than 50,000 m2.

“The WorldSkills competition, through its innovative, attractive formula, inspires young people to develop their talents, improve their skills and at some point be able to compete for the title of the best in their specialty with their peers from Europe or the world. I would like to invite you to Gdańsk to observe live the struggles of the most talented European youth and cheer on the teams.” - says PhD, DSc Paweł Poszytek, General Director of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System – National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme and European Solidarity Corps Teija Ripattila, Chair of the Board, WorldSkills Europe, said: “EuroSkills Competitions are driven by the energy, talent, and enthusiasm of the young people who are at the heart of our mission. The Competitions inspire young people to develop a passion for skills and encourage young professionals to pursue word-class standards of excellence, which will help raise their profile, abilities, and long-term career prospects.”

Hosting an international event of the scale of EuroSkills is only possible thanks to high-level commitment and support. WorldSkills Europe is therefore incredibly thankful not only to WorldSkills Poland and FRSE, but also to all Sponsors and Partners, and project partners from government, industry, and education that are supporting EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023,” added Ripattila.

Innovation, Business and Education

EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023 will be an opportunity to experience sports-like excitement, emotion, and healthy competition. However, in addition to this, there is also an informative educational and business dimension to the event.

Representatives from many companies, a large number of which support the Competition by providing equipment, tools, and industry-specific expertise will join the event.

Through such close collaboration between education and business, EuroSkills aims to close the European skills gap, by creating opportunities for young people entering the workforce at to help companies access a highly-skilled pool of potential employees.

This edition of EuroSkills is even more significant as it is taking place during the European Year of Skills 2023, the EU initiative which is putting skills centre-stage by bringing organisations and people together to share insights and to showcase skills development activities and opportunities across Europe.

EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023 is therefore also bringing together leaders from industry, education, and governments to share best practices and learn about global trends and issues found in TVET, skills demand, skills of the future, innovative economics, climate education, digital transformation, democratic participation and inclusion and diversity. These themes will be discussed during the 6th International Congress on Education and Training, which will take place on 7 September as part of EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023.

The Congress has the motto "Skills are the Future" and aims to highlight the synergy between the Erasmus+ programme and the WorldSkills occupational standards. To apply to attend the Congress, register at the link:

To find out which companies are Sponsors and Partners of EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023, visit:

Olympic-style Opening and Closing Ceremonies to celebrate young skilled professionals

EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023 will kick-off with an Opening Ceremony at the Polsat Plus Arena Gdańsk on Tuesday, 5 September, followed by three days of competitions at the adjacent Amber Expo Exhibition and Congress Centre. The event will then conclude with a dazzling Closing Ceremony back at the Polsat Plus Arena on 9 September, where awards including Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are presented to the highest scoring Competitors.

The most coveted accolade at EuroSkills is the Jos de Goey Best in Europe Award which is presented to the Competitor (or group of Competitors) who achieves the highest overall score out of all the hundreds of Competitors across all 40+ skill competitions.

Get ready for a spectacular show with charismatic presenters, demonstrations and musical performances. Admission to both ceremonies is open to the public by pre-registering on the website:

About EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023

EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023 is the eighth edition of the biennial EuroSkills Competition – the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in Europe.

Held every two years and organised by WorldSkills Europe together with 32 Member Countries, EuroSkills brings together hundreds of young professionals under the age of 25 to compete for the chance to become the Best in Europe in their chosen skill.

EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023 will take place from 5 to 9 September 2023 at AmberExpo Gdańsk and Polsat Plus Arena Gdańsk

The event will welcome 600 skilled young professionals under the age of 25 from 32 countries to participate in competitions and demonstrations in 43 different skills and trades. Tens of thousands of visitors from across Poland and abroad are expected to attend.

Visitors to the free-admission Competition will be able to watch the competitors in action and have the opportunity to try hands-on job-related skills at the many ‘Try-a-Skill’ demonstrations. Thousands of school-aged young people who visit will be encouraged to turn their passions into a profession.

EuroSkills Gdańsk 2023 is organised in partnership by Poland’s Foundation For The Development Of The Education System (FRSE), WorldSkills Poland, WorldSkills Europe, the City of Gdańsk and AmberExpo Gdańsk.

About WorldSkills Europe

Founded in 2006, WorldSkills Europe is part of the WorldSkills movement – a group of people and organisations, including WorldSkills International, that together advance the shared social objective of increasing the provision and development of skills.

WorldSkills Europe promotes vocational, technological and service oriented education and training across Europe, working with youth, educators, governments, and industries to help prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.

WorldSkills Europe brings youth, industries, and educators together to give young people the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice.

Together with 32 WorldSkills Europe Member countries, WorldSkills Europe organises EuroSkills – the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in Europe.

Held every two years, EuroSkills sees hundreds of young people under the age of 25 from 32 countries across Europe come together to compete for the chance to chance to become the Best in Europe in their chosen skill.

From the traditional trades to multi-skilled technology careers in the industry and service sectors, supported by Members, Sponsors, Partners, industries, governments, volunteers, and educational institutions, WorldSkills Europe is making a direct impact on raising the level of skills throughout Europe.

About WorldSkills Poland

Poland officially became a WorldSkills Europe Member Country in 2017, however Poland has a much longer connection with vocational skills, due to the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE), which has been thriving for 29 years. Since Poland joined WorldSkills Europe and WorldSkills International, structures dedicated to this program have been created within FRSE. These teams work to organise both the WorldSkills Poland championship in 2023 as well as numerous workshops, annual championships and side events.

Earlier, under a different organisation, Poland competed at EuroSkills Rotterdam 2008 and returned again under the direction of FRSE for EuroSkills Budapest 2018, with the team entering eight skills. At EuroSkills Budapest 2018, Poland achieved a Medallion for Excellence in Cooking, and at EuroSkills Graz 2021, Poland achieved its best results so far at a EuroSkills Competition, winning three bronze medals.

About Poland’s Foundation For The Development Of The Education System (FRSE)

Since 1993, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE) has managed programmes, projects and initiatives aimed at broadening basic and specialist knowledge and acquisition of new skills and competencies in formal, non-formal and informal education settings.

FRSE is the only institution in Poland that possesses such a broad experience in managing education programmes, especially EU programmes. In the past, it has coordinated the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig) and Youth in Action in Poland. The reputation of the Foundation has resulted in entrusting it with the responsibilities of the Polish National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps.

The Foundation for the Development of the Education System organises many educational events. For years, it has organised competitions aimed at promoting project results. Its flagship initiatives include EDUinspirations, European Language Label and Selfie+. Also in 2018, FRSE launched the Mobile Education Centre – a state-of-the-art scientific and teaching space, which visits various parts of Poland. The main target group of the Mobile Educational Centre is teaching staff who participate in training on how to use modern technology in their work with students.

Poland officially became a WorldSkills Europe Member Country in 2017, structures dedicated to this program have been created within FRSE.

About the City of Gdańsk

Gdańsk is the capital and largest city of the Pomerania Province in Poland. A popular tourist, cultural, business and academic centre, Gdańsk is Poland's principal seaport and the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area.

Gdańsk attracts crowds of tourists throughout the year. There is something for everyone in this city: a famous old town with historical sights and landmarks, beautiful beaches, modern museums, not to mention perfectly preserved fortifications, ranked among the biggest in Europe, and interesting harbour architecture.

Gdańsk is not only a beautiful and attractive city for tourism, but it also has a well-developed infrastructure and innovative approach to landscape management; an ideal place to organise world-class events.

Gdańsk also stands out in terms of its provision of high-quality education. There are many universities, numerous trade and vocational schools with excellent educational results.

A thousand-year history, a location at the crossroads of important commercial and communication routes, an extensive port and mercantile traditions - all this makes Gdańsk a meeting place of many cultures, nationalities and denominations.

About AmberExpo Gdańsk

AmberExpo Gdańsk is one of the most modern exhibition and congress facilities in Poland, opened in 2012. This huge space, consisting of meeting rooms, integrated exhibition halls, office space, warehouses, VIP areas and restaurants, hosts about 100 events a year. The convenient location in the prestigious vicinity of the Gdansk Stadium and the functionality of the facility creates the possibility to organise various high-tech economic, scientific, social and cultural events.

In the last few years, AmberExpo has hosted many important events, including Skills Poland in 2021 and 2022.

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