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About WorldSkills Africa

WorldSkills Africa has joined a global movement of skills excellence and development to raise the profile and recognition of skilled people.

We connect WorldSkills Members, Global Partners, governments, regional, continental, international organizations, educational institutions, and NGO partners to create and facilitate initiatives for sustainable skills development for youth in Africa.

WorldSkills Africa will contribute to towards achieving the aspirations of Agenda 2063 and its vision to revamp TVET systems and thereby boost employability, inclusiveness, competitiveness and socio-economic growth through modernization of TVET and skills development systems.

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We inspire young people to develop a passion for skills and pursuing excellence, through competitions and promotions.


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We influence industry, government, and educators by strengthening TVET systems through policy recommendations and implementation, tools and guidelines.


We influence industry, government, and educators by strengthening TVET systems through policy recommendations and implementation, tools and guidelines.


Our purpose

Harnessing the power of skills for Africa’s development.

Our mission

Being the regional hub for empowering member states’ own effort to strengthen the alignment between skills development and industry through exchange of best practice, benchmarking, and peer learning.

Our impact

WorldSkills Africa serves to create a paradigm shift in the perceptions of TVET and to drive innovation for skills development on the continent.

  • We accelerate skill-based growth for employability and prospect for youth.
  • We enable skills driven sustainable development socially, economically, and environmentally.
  • We influence effective systemic changes in government, education, and industry.

Capacity building and regional skills competition in Africa

The biennial WorldSkills Africa programme is a series of capacity building workshops that comes with a regional skills competition.

Skills competitions are a very effective and attractive tool to generate awareness of the importance of skills and improve the social image of vocational education and training. It motivates and inspires youth to strive for excellence, and it brings key stakeholders together in one place for opportunities. Developing biennial capacity building programmes that include regional skills competitions with our key partners is one of the most important strategies for the creation of WorldSkills Africa.

Through knowledge exchange and mentorship for skills training and skills competition, we are building a continental network of “WorldSkills Africa Experts” as the asset for the future of WorldSkills Africa. The National Experts (VET teachers/trainers) from the participating countries must commit to three cycles of the WorldSkills Africa programme to be considered as the “WorldSkills Africa Experts”.   

WorldSkills International Experts, who are selected by WorldSkills International (WSI) and their key partners, share experiences and transferring knowledge with the National Experts through virtual workshops. For each skill, there is one WSI Chief Expert, one WSI Deputy Chief Expert, and a number of National Experts nominated by the participating countries as per registrations

WorldSkills Africa management structure

WorldSkills Africa Secretariat

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the African Union Commission and WorldSkills International set the conditions for the establishment of WorldSkills Africa. In this regard the African Union Development Agency - NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) as the implementation agency of the Union will serve as the WorldSkills Africa Secretariat for the period 2024-2027, to support membership development until such time the platform becomes a fully fledged, self-standing, self-sufficient entity.

Interim Steering Task Team

As WorldSkills Africa is developing its governance structure according to WorldSkills International guidelines, an interim Steering Task Team consisting of existing Members will be established to avail their experience, wisdom, and expertise for the development of WorldSkills Africa.