SkillsUSA Begins Team Selection for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022

SkillsUSA Begins Team Selection for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022

Competitors will represent the United States against the greatest young talents in the world

Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA will once again field a team of talented young skilled trades experts who will represent the United States at the 46th WorldSkills Competition, the largest international showcase of the skilled trades.

SkillsUSA and its technical experts in six trade areas are currently working to put together the 2022 team that will compete in Shanghai, China on Oct. 12-17, 2022. SkillsUSA plans to compete in the following skill areas: Automobile Technology, Car Painting, Cooking, Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, Plumbing and Heating and Welding. Team sponsors and team members will be announced and highlighted over the next few months.

The selected team members will each be young masters of their craft. Their dedication to training and perfecting their skills will be on display as they compete against peers from across the globe in a variety of high-level skills challenges. This team will show remarkable resilience given recent COVID protocols and possible changes in training methods due to travel or other restrictions.

“We will watch these competitors gain expertise as we prepare for Shanghai,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis. “We’re thrilled the 2022 WorldSkills USA team will represent our nation while excelling at a skill they love. Each team member comes from all corners of the U.S., and competes for different reasons, but they will all be focused on one goal: standing atop the WorldSkills podium, honoring our country and our SkillsUSA members who will be cheering them on.”

Every two years, more than 1,400 competitors from over 80 countries and regions around the world compete in more than 60 different trade skills at WorldSkills. The international competition showcases dozens of trade skills from construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology, manufacturing and engineering, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization works year-round to instill positive attitudes, build self-esteem and empower career and technical students nationwide to excel and follow their career passions. The organization has 650 national partners and is integral to the training in nearly 18,000 career and technical education classrooms.

3M will serve as the lead sponsor of the 2022 WorldSkills USA team. Other proud team sponsors include American Welding Society (AWS). SkillsUSA is actively seeking additional supporters for the 2022 WorldSkills USA team. For additional information on the WorldSkills USA team or to donate or provide in-kind support, please visit: www.worldskillsusa.org.

Be sure to like and follow the WorldSkills USA team on social media on their official accounts on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @WorldSkillsUSA. To meet the SkillsUSA technical experts for 2022, go to: www.worldskillsusa.org/experts.

The first WorldSkills competition was held in 1950 in Madrid, Spain. In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon recognized SkillsUSA (then VICA) as the official U.S. representative to WorldSkills. The United States and SkillsUSA have come a long way since first entering the competition in 1975. Hundreds of thousands of spectators, public policymakers, employers, teachers, trainers, technical experts and government officials from around the world will attend this biennial competition and watch the WorldSkills USA team make the United States proud. 

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. We have served 13.9 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org.

About WorldSkills

Since 1950, WorldSkills has come to symbolize the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training. It provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills attests to the fact that traditional trade and craft skills, along with newer technology’s multi-skilled occupations, make an essential contribution to the economic and social well-being of people everywhere. For more information, go to: www.worldskills.org.

SkillsUSA Contact

Jane Short
jshort@skillsusa.org