On Mr Putin’s instruction, Russia submitted its bid to host the international competition in professional skills in January 2015 and set up an organising committee headed by Olga Golodets. If Russia’s bid wins, the competition will take place in Kazan.
Worldskills is an international non-commercial movement established in 1950 to promote trades’ prestige and develop vocational education. The movement currently brings together 72 countries. Russia joined in May 2012 and has held two national championships since then, the trade-related Worldskills Hi-Tech championship for young specialists at big Russian companies and students at corporate and state educational establishments, and 46 regional competitions. The tradespeople who took first place in the Russian competition went on to take part in the international competitions in Leipzig (Germany) in 2013, and Lille (France) in 2014.