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WorldSkills Africa 2020-2022

Working with the African Union and WorldSkills Namibia, WorldSkills Africa 2020-2022 is a series of capacity building workshops with a skills competition that will take place from 28 March to 2 April 2022 in Swakopmund, Namibia.

The programme focuses on:

  • Collaborative mentorship between WorldSkills International Experts and National Experts (VET teachers/trainers from Africa)
  • Inclusiveness and human-centred design approach
  • Knowledge exchange on occupational standards, skills training, Test Project development with social values, and skills competition management

Virtual capacity building workshops

The capacity building workshops started in September 2020 to train 192 National Experts (VET trainers/teachers from Africa) from 13 countries for 16 skills. 32 WorldSkills International Experts from 21 countries act as Chief Experts and Deputy Chief Experts in the programme.

Three plenary online sessions took place in 2020, which focused on WorldSkills Occupational Standards, Technical Description, and Test Project. Each skill is led by a Chief Expert and Deputy Chief Expert, who have been working on defining the Occupational Standards in Africa and drafting Technical Description with the National Experts.

The workshops are designed with two phases: 

First phase: Benchmarking occupational standards and identifying the gaps and needs

  • Sharing the WorldSkills Occupational Standards (WSOS) and how these are applied at the WorldSkills Competitions as well as their benefits for benchmarking the current status in the African countries.

  • Understanding current standards and levels in the African countries for identifying the gaps and needs of the skills training and labour market demand to co-create a progressive plan for standards used for the skills competition in Namibia.

Second phase: Preparation of the skills competition

  • WorldSkills International Experts and the National Experts work closely together on Technical Description, Test Project, Assessment, Infrastructure, Health, Safety, and Environment, Skill Management, and more.   


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

  • 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 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.

WorldSkills Swakopmund 2022

WorldSkills Swakopmund 2022 is the skills competition of the overall capacity building of WorldSkills Africa 2020-2022.

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 the skills competition. 

The latest updates and news are on the WorldSkills Swakopmund 2022 website.

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. 

How to join WorldSkills Africa programme?

The biennial WorldSkills Africa programme is open to all Member States of the African Union. Invitations to join are distributed through the official communication channels of the African Union to the ministries in charge of Vocational Education and Training. 

The responsible ministries are welcome to register VET teachers/trainers to join the capacity building workshops and send Competitors to the skills competition. Organizations that are supported by the responsible ministries to represent their countries are also eligible to register VET teachers/trainers and Competitors. 

For more information, please email