SkillsLatvia, is the largest national professional skills competition for vocational education learners, having replaced several annual professional skills competitions that took place before 2017. It serves as a preselection competition for participation by young professionals in international level competitions – EuroSkills and WordSkills – in which Latvian teams have competed successfully since 2010 and 2011 respectively, winning three gold, five silver and three bronze medals to date.
In 2018, SkillsLatvia is a two-day, free-entry event at a major exhibition centre in the capital city of Riga, hosting 126 competitors in disciplines from visual merchandising and fashion design to wood technology and heavy vehicle maintenance.
Professional skills competitions contribute to the prestige of vocational education schools and self-esteem of learners, raising public awareness of vocational education as a value and inspiring young people to choose vocational qualifications.
Competition tasks and performance evaluation criteria are created in close cooperation with industry experts. This cooperation also promotes development of vocational education content in compliance with labour market needs.
SkillsLatvia is managed by the State Education Development Agency with ESF support.