Workforce development is a great concern for all industries and fields throughout the world, and particularly in the developed nations. The 40th biennial WorldSkills Competition, held from September 1-September 7 at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta Canada, provided an opportunity for about 1,000 participants from 51 countries to demonstrate their proficiency in a variety of trades. The WorldSkills Competition is an attempt to draw the attention of young people to skilled trades that they might otherwise not consider pursuing. There were four days of competition in 45 skills that ranged from hairdressing, through landscape gardening and autobody repair, to milling and lathe work. On the other hand, organizers placed the milling competition area next to the hairdressing competition, so young women were exposed to metalcutting technology, if only in passing.