WorldSkills International, in agreement with WorldSkills members, the WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 Executive Bureau, and WorldSkills China (MOHRSS), has cancelled the WorldSkills Competition 2022 due to lockdowns in Shanghai and ongoing pandemic prevention and control restrictions in China.
“It is with deep disappointment that we announce the cancellation of WorldSkills Shanghai 2022,” said Chris Humphries, President and Chair of the Board. “Looking ahead to the future, we have no doubt that when China hosts a WorldSkills competition, it will be extraordinary.
“We are grateful for the time and resources that the competitors and the committed supporters, employers, experts, and partners have invested in preparation for the event. Alongside WorldSkills members and partners, we are working actively to develop alternative competitive arrangements to celebrate your skills in 2022. Look for announcements by the end of June 2022.”
WorldSkills said it recognises the “extraordinary commitment” shown by the Chinese host partners, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Municipality of Shanghai, WorldSkills China, and WorldSkills Shanghai 2022.
WordSkills is considering bringing the competition to Shanghai in 2026, following the WorkSkills Competition in Lyon, France, in 2024, subject to the decision made by members at its General Assembly.