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  WorldSkills Africa 2020 has been postponed to March 2022.

WorldSkills Africa 2020

WorldSkills Africa 2020 is a series of capacity building programmes with a skills competition that will take place in a beautiful city – Swakopmund – in Namibia from 25 to 31 October 2020. The main venue will be The Dome, where the skills competition and major side events will take place. 

Capacity building

Our ultimate goal is to empower and inspire African youth to pursue personal and economic fulfilment through the power of skills. Working with the African Union and WorldSkills Namibia, capacity building programmes will be offered to the trainers of the participating countries, who will be equipped with knowledge and tools for conducting a high-quality skills competition and improving their trainings for their students.

WorldSkills International Experts will work with National Experts from Africa, who are registered to participate in WorldSkills Africa 2020 on the following focus areas:

  • Skills Competition Management:        
  • Test Projects development
  • Assessment methodology
  • Competition Information System
  • Competition workshop setup and management
  • Health and Safety training
  • Skills development and promotion (train the trainer):
  • Mentorship on skills training and curriculum
  • Use capacity building online tool for training progress

National Experts will commit to working together with the WorldSkills International Experts for at least three cycles of WorldSkills Africa series, which takes place every two years, in order to be recognized as WorldSkills Africa Experts.


The capacity building programmes and skills competition will feature a maximum of 15 official skills. The objective is to ensure that the skills competition is inclusive and addresses the actual social challenges faced in  Africa.

Below is an overview of the types of skills included for WorldSkills Africa 2020:

  • Automobile Technology
  • Bricklaying
  • Electrical Installations
  • Joinery
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Water Technology
  • Cooking
  • Hairdressing
  • Restaurant Service
  • Mechatronics
  • Welding
  • Mechanical Engineering CAD
  • Fashion Technology
  • Digital Challenge*

* Digital Challenge is a special category that focuses on digital solutions the Competitors could create for tackling social issues reflected under the African Union Agenda 2063 and by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or faced by the local communities, by using IT and digital related skills, e.g. Coding, Web Design, Graphic Design, and App Development.

Requirements for Competitors

  • The Competitors must be selected by the participating country, represented by the ministry in charge of TVET or the organization that is supported by the ministry in charge of TVET to join WorldSkills Africa 2020.
  • The age for the Competitors must be from 18 up to 30 years old (based on the age at the time of the Competition).
  • The participation of the Competitors must be fully financed by the represented ministry or organization.

Requirements for National Experts

  • The Experts must be selected by the participating country, represented by the ministry in charge of TVET or the organization that is supported by the ministry in charge of TVET to join WorldSkills Africa 2020.
  • The Experts must be trainer/teachers from either educational institutions or companies (private sector) who have been and will be training the selected Competitors.
  • The participation of the Experts, including joining the capacity building workshops must be fully financed by the represented ministry or organization.

​​​​​For more information or questions about WorldSkills Africa 2020 registrations, please email

WorldSkills Namibia as the host of WorldSkills Africa 2020

During the Skills Development in Africa meeting on 25 August 2019, which was held alongside WorldSkills Kazan 2019, WorldSkills Namibia received the majority of votes from WorldSkills Members and Partners to organize WorldSkills Africa 2020.

About WorldSkills Namibia

Namibia joined the WorldSkills family as an Associate Member in 2011 and upgraded to Full Member status in 2015. The country has been to every WorldSkills Competition since 2011. WorldSkills Namibia had sent Competitors to 3 WorldSkills Competitions, including 4 Competitors to WorldSkills São Paulo 2015, 7 Competitors to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, and 11 Competitors to WorldSkills Kazan 2019. 

The Dome

The Dome, Swakopmund, is a multi-functional venue to facilitate sport and youth development, as well as provide an international standard facility for hosting large scale events, conferences, and trade exhibitions.

The Dome is heralded as the new business, entertainment and sports Hub of Namibia, attracting a growing number of business travelers, sports teams, tourists and holiday makers. Conveniently located just minutes from the Swakopmund CBD, The Dome provides many business related solutions including: retail space, consultation rooms, conference centre, business suites and entertainment venues for functions, all of which are luxuriously upmarket and stylishly designed.

Central to this entire multi-functional Dome facility is the massive Swakop Indoor Sports Centre, which hosts major Sport & Music events as well as large scale Trade Exhibitions, attracting vast numbers of visitors and locals every year.

The Dome has 6 levels to serve the Swakopmund sport, business and leisure community. A range of retail stores and restaurants operate on the ground floor. The second floor houses a state of the art Health & Training Centre with an Indoor Swimming Pool (Level 2). The gorgeous, modern BON Hotel Swakopmund (Level 3) boasts 34 suites. The magnificent Conference Centre (Level 4) facility can seat up to 600 delegates and is the central feature of an extensive network of conferencing facilities which can accommodate meetings of any size.

The Dome provides a quality indoor venue made up of over 6200 m² of space with a unique dome structure making it an ideal space for WorldSkills Africa 2020 and concomitant events such as the TVET exhibitions and TVET Conference. It is endorsed by the Namibian Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services as a foremost Namibian sport event centre with a major cultural focus.