Alongside numerous national skills competitions, the international EuroSkills and WorldSkills competitions are held alternatingly every two years. Following intensive preparation, young people have the opportunity to test their abilities and skills against other participants in such competitions.
WorldSkills International is an international vocational skills competition held every two years. WorldSkills International is a non-profit organisation founded in 1953 and headquartered in the Netherlands. Austrian teams have participated in WorldSkills competitions 27 times since 1961 with many excellent results. Austria's 419 participants so far were awarded a total of 180 medals and 136 special awards.
The 42nd WorldSkills Championships was held from 2 to 5 July 2013 in Leipzig/Germany. 29 Austrian participants took part and gained 11 medals (5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze) and 11 "Medallions for Excellence".
The 3rd European vocational skills competition ‘EuroSkills’ took place in Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium. Austria was represented by 37 young professionals aged 18 to 25 years and won 18 individual medals (thirteen gold, three silver and two2 bronze), four team medals (one gold and three silver) and two other awards ("Medallion for Excellence").