Europe´s biggest skills competition!


On 1–3 December 2016, young people up to the age of 25 from all over Europe will meet in Gothenburg to compete for the European title in vocational skills. This is the first time that the competition will be held in Scandinavia. EuroSkills is Europe’s biggest skills competition and aims to improve the quality, status and attraction of vocational training. Visitors and Competitors can take part in a range of inspiring side events, including Try-a-Skill challenges, exhibitions and seminars. The event is free of charge.

Around 450 young people up to the age of 25 from about 30 different countries will be competing in:

  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
  • Construction and Building Technology
  • Creative Arts and Fashion
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Social and Personal Services

Goals of EuroSkills 2016

  • To increase knowledge and awareness of future career paths
  • To stimulate interest in and raise the status of vocational training
  • To inspire and pass on knowledge to teaching staff and intermediaries
  • To set an example for sustainable skills competitions

EuroSkills 2016 will be a unique opportunity and a platform for everyone involved to work together on issues such as youth education, job opportunities and the future needs of the market.


Keywords for EuroSkills 2016

  • Sustainability
  • Interactivity
  • Modern technology


EuroSkills was managed by Göteborg & Co together with WorldSkills Sweden.

Questions regarding EuroSkills 2016 is managed by Pontus Slättman att WorldSkills Sweden:

Questions about EuroSkills and the competitions, organisations or future competitions is managed by WorldSkills Europe at:

EuroSkills post adress & visiting adress During the event was
EuroSkills 2016 Gothenburg
Mässans gata 8 / Box 29 / SE-401 20 Göteborg / Sweden

EuroSkills 2016 staff here.


EuroSkills 2016 is being organised on behalf of WorldSkills Europe by WorldSkills Sweden (WSS), Göteborg & Co and the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre. These national and local partners form a partnership that is administered by Göteborg & Co.

WorldSkills Sweden is a tripartite collaboration between the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv), and the Swedish government through the Ministry of Education and Research, the Swedish National Agency for Education, and the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education. WorldSkills Sweden is responsible for organising the competition.

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is responsible for organising the premises for the event and providing accommodation for all Competitors and Officials.


Vision: EuroSkills 2016 shall be a role model and a pioneer of sustainable skills competitions in a global perspective.

Through EuroSkills we aim to contribute to the sustainable development of events, skills competitions, our city and society as a whole. This means that we will minimise the negative environmental impact of the event and make a positive contribution to society, our stakeholders and the local economy. EuroSkills 2016 must have lasting positive effects – locally, regionally and nationally.

Within the limits of our control and influence we will achieve this vision through responsible leadership, innovative thinking and sustainable management and development.

Focus areas:

  • Knowledge, dreams and aspirations

  • Welcoming, open and inclusive

  • Management of resources and waste

  • Climate change/carbon reduction

  • Legacy

We will present further information about our sustainability work in the near future.


This is the first time that EuroSkills will be held in the Nordic region, but the skills competitions actually began in the 1950s in Spain, which was suffering from a severe shortage of skilled labour in many areas. The campaign was very successful and the competitions have continued to grow and develop since then. Read more about the history of the event on the WorldSkills website.