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7 November 2017

Frequently asked questions on joining the Champions Trust

What is the WorldSkills Champions Trust?

The WorldSkills Champions Trust is a volunteer group of past Competitors who are the voice of young people in the WorldSkills movement. The initiative was developed by Champions for Champions at the WorldSkills Champions Forum 2014 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Their idea was to establish an advisory group to works closely throughout the year with WorldSkills.

This group works to raise levels of engagement among WorldSkills Champions and promote active involvement in WorldSkills projects, initiatives and activities. As a member of the Champions Trust you represent an exclusive network of Champions that have participated in a WorldSkills Competition. You also serve to advocate the power of skills to transform the lives of young people around the world

What are the benefits of being part of the Champions Trust?

  • Build a global network of friends, colleagues, and mentors
  • Grow as a global citizen
  • Gain a greater appreciation for different perspectives and cultures
  • Develop leadership, public speaking, and media skills
  • Participate in and contribute to events and conferences focused on advancing the future of skills
  • Attend international events and conferences as a representative of WorldSkills
  • Extend your role within the community of Champions from around the world
  • Work as part of team to advance your shared goals
  • Learn the fundamentals of working and leading a group of volunteers

What is the volunteer time commitment?

The average time commitment is 2-4 hours per week, with increased participation in the lead up to major projects and events. You will be in regular communication with other representatives on the Champions Trust and WorldSkills Secretariat via email and WhatsApp. You will also be in regular communication with WorldSkills Member countries and regions.

You must be available to attend four mandatory international meetings:

  • Champions Trust Training Camp (Shanghai, China, 27 January to 2 February 2018 with potential travel dates 26 January and 3 February),
  • WorldSkills General Assembly 2018 (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13-19 October 2018),
  • One meeting between the General Assembly and Competition
  • WorldSkills Kazan 2019 (25 August to 5 September 2019)

What training is involved?

As part of the Champions Trust you will take part in leadership and media training sessions, forums and conferences, to hone your skills to effectively represent the talented and dedicated community of WorldSkills Champions. The training will advance your public speaking skills, as well as comfort level in telling your WorldSkills story to media.

How do I apply?

To apply to be part of the Champions Trust visit

What is the eligibility criteria?

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English (reading, writing, speaking).
  • Written support from Member country or region (Official Delegate or appointed representative).
  • Written support from Team Leader.
  • Ability to commit to at least a two-year term which includes:
  • attending four mandatory meetings out of country: Training Camp (Shanghai, China, 27 January to 2 February 2018 with potential travel dates 26 January and 3 February), WorldSkills General Assembly 2018 (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13-19 October 2018), one meeting between the General Assembly and Competition, as well as WorldSkills Kazan 2019 (25 August to 5 September 2019),
  • regular communication with WSCT Members and WSCT Coordinator via email and WhatsApp,
  • regular communication with group of assigned Member countries and regions, and
  • regular communication with WorldSkills communications department to share stories and ideas for getting more awareness around Champions to the global audience.
  • Must have competed within the last three WorldSkills Competitions (WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, or WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017).
  • Must be fully available during the WorldSkills Official events and cannot accept another WorldSkills role (i.e. Expert, Team Leader, Translator, Delegate, etc.).

What is required in the application?

All applicants are required to complete the online application form. As part of the online form applicants will be asked to:

  • Submit a 1-2 minute video explaining your passion for WorldSkills to someone who has never heard about it. This video should be good for social media, and
  • Attach two recent high resolution photos of yourself: one as a head shot that can be used as a general profile photo and one shows you in your work environment.
  • In addition, applications are required to have a recommendation form submitted by the Team Leader and a representative from the Member organization.

Member organization recommendation (PDF)

Team Leader recommendation (PDF)

Applications are due by Friday, 17 November 2017.