Alcoa Foundation is partnering with SkillsUSA to support the U.S. team to compete at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, Aug. 11-16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The U.S. delegation consists of 19 student competitors and 16 experts. This is the first time U.S. students will be competing in the Manufacturing Team Challenge. The biennial WorldSkills Competition, with more than 70 countries represented, is the largest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world and truly reflects the breadth of global industry. The Manufacturing Team Challenge involves three-student teams that perform design, production, assembly and testing of a manufactured product — all technical and career skills in high demand worldwide among manufacturers.
Alcoa Foundation’s $250,000 grant to SkillsUSA will prepare and present the U.S. team in this international showcase of skilled workforce educational and technical practices. The experience of SkillsUSA at the WorldSkills Competition will inform the development of manufacturing curricula and applied learning activities and promote new approaches to involving manufacturers in community-based projects and competitions.
The WorldSkills Competition promotes global workforce skills development and provides a vehicle for comparing career and technical students and methods of training among industrialized nations. About 1,000 students, age 17 to 22, from 72 member countries will compete in almost 50 contests covering manufacturing and engineering, construction and building technology, information and communication technology, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics.