From 22 to 27 August 2019, the WorldSkills Competition (WSC) and the WorldSkills General Assembly were held in Kazan. During this event Japan and France presented their Bids and motivations to host the WorldSkills Competition in 2023. Following these presentations, the member countries majoritally voted for Lyon to host the 47th WorldSkills Competition in 2023.
Thus, 28 years after having hosted the WorldSkills Competition in the world capital of gastronomy in 1995, WorldSkills France and Lyon get a chance to demonstrate once again their hospitality, experience and professionalism in the organization of major events. The WorldSkills Competition 2023 will take place from 13 to 16 September at EUREXPO Lyon, one of the most modern exhibition venues in Europe.
Situated in two hours from Paris TGV, Lyon is the second largest city in France. Connected to the world, Lyon once again confirms its rank of “major player” among the organizers of international competitions. Indeed, the city has successfully hosted the matches of UEFA EURO 2016, FIFA’s Women World Cup, the semi-finals of the top-14 rugby and the final of the UEFA Europa League.
A modern city, open to the innovation, technology and computer science, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting more than 5.5 million visitors every year.
On the occasion of the presentation of the French Bid for the organization of the WorldSkills Competition in Lyon in 2023, President Emmanuel Macron confirmed his support to WorldSkills International president Simon Bartley and official delegates of the member countries of the WorldSkills movement on May 7th at l'Elysée Palace.
By defending the TVET values, the President highlighted the talent and strength of our young professional talents in front of the official delegation of WorldSkills International. He showed that the young French people were ready for the WorldSkills Competition supported by the President himself and by the French nation. For him, this support goes through the wishes to host the WorldSkills Competition 2023 in Lyon. Thus, showing France's commitment and willingness to mobilize at the international level to promote and participate in this great competition.
WHERE THERE IS A SKILL, THERE IS UNITY,
EXCELLENCE AND GENEROSITY
The President spoke directly to the official delegates of the WorldSkills International member countries, quoting the WorldSkills values:
"I wanted to invite you here today, dear Simon Bartley [President of WorldSkills International], and WorldSkills International Official Delegates, to voice my support for Lyon's bid to host the WorldSkills Competition 2023, and to highlight the absolute support provided by the French State, the French people and companies. […] I also support this Bid because I believe that vocational training, and especially apprenticeship, are not valued enough by our society. And yet, to learn a skill, to master with one's own hands, the manual intelligence, this is without a doubt one of the best responses to the difficulty all too often faced by our youth to find a foothold in the labour market, … I am convinced, Mr Simon Bartley, that you will find in Lyon, the city which hosted the WorldSkills Competition in 1995, a most extraordinary welcome, fitting the centuries of all traditions of hospitality, but also the commitment of the whole nation."
This meeting showed France’s support and commitment through this Bid to WorldSkills International and its delegates by relying on its team always ready to face new challenges.