The 45th edition of the WorldSkills Competition took place in Kazan on 22-27 August 2019. The Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre (1 Vystavochnaya, village of Bolshiye Kabany, Republic of Tatarstan) was the main venue of the event. Competitors and Experts were accommodated at a unique residential complex – the WorldSkills Village (the present-day Universiade Village).
Admission to the Competition was free. To attend WorldSkills Kazan 2019, visitors had to book an e-ticket.
The Kazan Arena Stadium hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 45th WorldSkills Competition. The Opening Ceremony took place on 22 August 2019. To watch the video of the Ceremony, please click here. The Closing Ceremony culminated WorldSkills Kazan 2019 on 27 August 2019. The video of the Closing Ceremony is available here.
Residents and guests of the city of Kazan were offered an extensive array of cultural and entertainment events held at different locations around the city of Kazan timed to the Competition.
About the Competition
The WorldSkills Competition is a vocational education and skills excellence event where young specialists aged 25 and younger compete for medals in their chosen skill.
The WorldSkills Competition is held under the auspices of WorldSkills International (WSI), an international association aimed at promoting vocational occupations and developing the standards of professional training and qualifications worldwide through the preparation and delivery of vocational education and skills excellence events.
Kazan won the right to host the 45th WorldSkills Competition after a vote at the WSI General Assembly in Sao Paulo (BRA), on August 10, 2015.
The WorldSkills Competition Organizer led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Tatyana Golikova was founded by the Russian Federation Government Executive Order No №2429-р of 27 November 2015. WorldSkills Kazan 2019 was delivered by WorldSkills International, the Russian operator of the WorldSkills movement – the Union of “Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia)” Professional Communities and Workforce Development Agency”, and ANO Directorate for Sports and Social Projects (Kazan).
The 45th WorldSkills Competition brought together 1,354 young professionals representing 63 countries and regions to compete in 56 skills, with 1,304 Experts evaluating their work. 3,500 volunteers from Russia and abroad contributed to staging the event. The WorldSkills Kazan 2019 main venue had attracted more than 272,000 visitors during the Competition days. The WorldSkills Juniors Competition was held on the sidelines of the main event with school students, aged 10-17, competing for medals in a range of skills.