SkillsDenmark is a nonprofit member’s organization. The aim of SkillsDenmark is to generate talent, exposure and internationalization within the Danish vocational educations.
Five vocational committees founded SkillsDenmark in 1997, after visiting WorldSkills – the World Championship for young skilled people in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The visiting committees came from the trades: Hairdressing, Carpentry, Cabinetmaking and Joinery, Bricklaying, Masonry and Stucco working, Plumbing and Heating.
Since then SkillsDenmark has grown and now consists of 27 vocational committees and more than 50 vocational schools.
SkillsDenmark organizes the annual Danish National Championship for young skilled students from the Danish vocational schools called “DM I Skills”. The national championships takes place every year in January and moves around, so that a new city and region hosts the championship every year.
The first national championship took place in the city of Odense in 2011 and the championship has since then been held in Aarhus in 2013 in Aalborg in 2014 and in Copenhagen 2015, in 2016 the championship will take place in the city Fredericia in The Triangle Region of Denmark.
SkillsDenmark has participated in WorldSkills since 1999 and in EuroSkills, the European Championship, since 2014.
A board consisting of the vocational committees manages SkillsDenmark while a secretariat manages the daily operations.