Welcome to ArcticSkills 2024 in Kirkenes!

We hereby invite you to the Tournament ArcticSkills 2024, this year, hosted by Kirkenes Upper Secondary School, March 20.  ArcticSkills is a competition between students of vocational skills from the Northern regions of Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The competition is built on the concept of WorldSkills.

In addition to the competition, it is our goal to use the tournament as a hub for everybody who takes an interest in developing the vocational skills either professionally or educationally in the high North. That is why we turn to you, hoping that you will take the opportunity to visit the competition, the ceremonies, and our annual workshop.

Focus on trade skills The Finnish competitors come from Tornio, Inari, Rovaniemi and Kemi. Norwegian students from Kirkenes, Alta, Karasjok, Kautokeino and Lakselv to form a strong National team. Swedish students come from Utbildning Nord and Gränsälvsgymnasiet in Övertorneå.  

For the moment, we do not know the exact number of participants, but the organizing committee is prepared to welcome 100 + competitors and experts. In addition, guests from various companies, branches and organizations involved in developing the trade skills, will join the tournament.

Undoubtedly, the tournament will put focus on the trade skills in the Barents region

Program ArcticSkills 2024

The program comprehends a diversity of events, and they are all gathered on the exciting campus of Kirkenes Upper Secondary School. The competitors and experts start their preparation Tuesday evening. The competitors have trained together with their teachers long before they enter the arenas, but it is important to get acquainted with the workshops and tools, and especially, the criteria of assessment. This is important for fair play.

The tournament also offers a program for our guests, comprehending guided excursions in the area and on campus (in BOLD and BLUE letters)

The opening ceremony will take place at Thon Hotel, Tuesday evening, followed by dinner for all.

Wednesday is Competition Day.

Wednesday at 7 PM at Thon hotel, the prize ceremony, the closing ceremony and banquet will take place. The winners of the competitions will be announced. However, ArcticSkills is not only about creating winners. An important goal is to make friends and networks in the Barents-region and for this purpose a banquet will conclude the day.

Tuesday 19th of March 
1200-1600Arrival of teams from Finland and Sweden and NO competitors from Finnmark county Early check in, Thon Hotel 
1600-1700  Light meal at canteen for all participating students, experts and guests.Kirkenes vocational school
1700-1830Visit competition arenasKirkenes vocational school
1830—Late check in, Thon Hotel
Thon Hotel
1930Opening ceremony and dinner
Wednesday 20th March 
0800Arrival competition arenaKirkenes vocational school   Start 11:00 in Auditorium
0830Competition start  
1100-1230Guided tour around the competition areas
1600Competition end
1900-2115Prizing and closing ceremony with banquetThon Hotel
Thursday 21st March 
08:00Check out and return to home base 
Practical information:
You have to arrange your own travel to and from the arrangement.
If you contact your national participating school, there is a possibility that you can travel with the delegation.
We will help you to find accommodation at Thon Hotel, but all guests must cover their own costs.
You are invited to visit the competition and all ceremonies and meals without any costs.
Deadline for registration: Friday 8th March 2024
For more information please contact:
Partnership manager Robert H Flatli: robert.flatli@ffk.no Mobil: + 47 416 76322
Regional coordinator Joakim Pettersen: joakim.pettersen@ffk.no Mobil: +47 913 09650
Øystein Hansen
Lead partner ArcticSkills
Kirkenes Upper Secondary School