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WorldSkills Lyon 1995 Legacy

Logo of the WorldSkills Competition Lyon 1995

Did you know that up until now France has hosted the WorldSkills Competition only once in its history? It was in Lyon, from October 12 to 15, 1995.

The 33rd WorldSkills Competition took place at EUREXPO. In total more than 517 competitors and 459 experts representing 28 countries demonstrated their expertise in 41 skills during the competition, including 7 demonstration skills.

More than 200,000 visitors attended the event, including a large number of students.

Jacques Chirac (The President of the French Republic at the time) meets the young competitors during the WorldSkills Competition Lyon 1995

The Opening Ceremony took place in front of more than 9,000 spectators at an extraordinary venue: the Tony Garnier Hall, which until today remains the largest pillarless covered area in Europe with its splendid metal structure.

But beyond the 118 medals, 28 trophies and 146 diplomas awarded to the competitors, the best legacy of the WorldSkills Competition Lyon 1995 was giving the young people and their families a taste for skills and highlighting the value of technical training.

As a proof, the Mondial des Métiers takes place every year since 1996. This education fair with a twist is organized by the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and offers skill demonstrations by young people, professionals and trainers who are all available to answer questions.

Given the lasting legacy and the significant success of the WorldSkills Competition 1995, it is not surprising that WorldSkills France has chosen again Lyon as the Candidate City to host WSC 2023. After all, the city knows the recipe for success!