The Netherlands needs skilled people. That is why Skills Netherlands, as the official represeontative of WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Europe, promotes the importance of skills and vocational education. An important tool to realise this mission, is the development and organisation of various events and skill competitions. With these activities, Skills Netherlands aims at three goals, namely image improvement, talent development and career orientation and coaching (LOB).
Image improvement: Vocational education and craftmanship do not always get the recognition they deserve. By promoting their importance, we're trying to improve the image these disciplines have on a national and international level.
Talent development: Everybody has got a certain talent. The hard part however, is to discover which talents you've got and what you can do with them. Skills Netherlands helps young (gifted) people to uncover those talents and develop them further.
Career guidance: When you know what talents you posses, the time comes when you need to decide what you're going to do with them. Choosing the right occupation, with a matching education, is not an easy thing to do. Skills Netherlands helps young people make hard decisions like these.
(Inter)national acknowledgement, of the importance of crafmanship and vocational education, is our main goal. Besides that we have a strong focus on the development of (young) talent. How can we help young people to create a vision for their own future, without losing sight of their own unique talents?
Furthermore, Skills Netherlands is working on establishing a bigger sense of vocational pride, under young talents. We find it of great importance that people are simply proud of what they do.
Last, but not least, Skills Netherlands is trying to establish a national sense of awareness on the subject of Skills competitions. These competitions are a great way of improving a sense of pride on a vocational level. Besides that the competitions form a perfect preparation on the final exams of students in the various segments. Our mission is to show that Skills competitions are great fun, but are also a very smart learning tool, which can be easily incorporated in a schools curriculum.