Skills of the Wise is a new direction developed according to WorldSkills standards for professionals over 50 years of age, which is preceded by a number of regional qualifying competitions. The first WorldSkills Russia Skills of the Wise National Competition was held at the “Technograd” Entertainment and Educational Complex in Moscow at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements on September 22-23, 2018 with the support of the government of Moscow.

In 2019, the Skills of the Wise Competition will be held on May 20-24 in the city of Kazan at the site of the “Kazan Expo” International Exhibition Center.

In 2018, more than 130 competitors aged 50 and older demonstrated their skills. This year their number has increased up to 391. 130 compatriots will represent the Expert Community.

26 skills will be presented at the competition site, namely: Electrical Installations, Restaurant Service, Automobile Technology, Plumbing and Heating, Carpentry, Composites Technology, Painting and Decorating, Pâtisserie and Confectionery, Hairdressing, Cooking, Hotel Administration, Fashion Technology, IT Solutions for Businesses, Chemical Analysis Service, Medical and Social Care, Floristry , CNC Turning, Video Production, Baking, Electronics, Geodesy, Wall and Floor Tiling, Prototype Modelling, Industrial Design Technology, Graphic Design, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

The Skills of the Wise Competition is a part of a programme of vocational training and additional professional education for citizens of pre-retirement age according to WorldSkills standards. The programme is implemented within the framework of the “Senior Generation” federal project of the “Demography” national project with the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Labor and Employment (Rostrud).

Project aims:

  • Demonstrate professional longevity and competitiveness of specialists in the age category “50+”;
  • Identify the interest and ability of people of this age group to learn and retrain;
  • Demonstrate the opportunities provided for citizens of this age category in the Russian Federation;
  • Show the main meaning of “soft skills,” including entrepreneurial skills in the re-qualification process;
  • Provide an opportunity for citizens to apply life experience gained in various fields of activity;
  • Form a base of modern heroes of labor of Russia to include their stories in the “Our Victories” project in the regions of the Russian Federation.

The Skills of the Wise Competition will be held as part of the 7th WorldSkills Russia National Competition.