CurioCity and EuroSkills Village

EuroSkills Village

Date: 4-5-6 October

Time: 09.00-18.00

Venue: Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, 2nd floor of the Pit Building

Open to the general public

The Euroskills Village – a place to meet and share ideas with people from all around the world.

The various countries participating in the competition, some Belgian regions, the European Union, EuroSkills Spa-Francorchamps 2012 sponsors and partners, companies working in the competing trades, education and training centres will be waiting for you in their relevant areas.

You will also be able to visit two exhibitions:

  • A photo exhibition highlighting “Our heritage of skills and professions”
  • The metallic and mobile works of a Liege-based welding artist

At the EuroSkills Village, you will also be able to visit the Terrasse Room, one of the event’s two conference rooms.

The EuroSkills Lounge is not only a place to eat, but also a place to meet and chat with people.

We look forward to meeting you and lots of other participants!


Date: 4-5-6 October

Time: 09.00-18.00

Open to the general public

In addition to the competitions, “CurioCity” enables everyone to gain hands-on experience of vocational skills. Across the entire competition site, no less than 5000 m² will be dedicated to these activities.

About 100 activities will be organised for visitors. They are the fruit of a joint effort involving young students, teachers and the professional sectors. Partners from the world of business also support “Curiocity”.

The activities are based on a common theme: “Young people talking to young people!” because “The future’s in your hands.”

Visitors will be able, for example, to try their hand at welding using simulators, see how professional chefs work, place themselves in the shoes of a construction equipment operator, hairdresser, photographer, bricklayer, truck driver and find out about skills linked to plastics technology. They will also have a chance to learn about the “uniformed skills”, such as the army or fire brigade, which are always on the look-out for people with technical experience.

We will assist at the construction of a “real” house, which will enable visitors to meet professionals and experience the busy life of a construction site.

Events will also be organised in order to showcase skills, using trucks specially equipped for this purpose. The Province of Liège “Technitruck”, for example, travels the roads throughout the year, from school to school, and stops at Francorchamps during the competition. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a short ride in the cabin of a HGV and thus experience how drivers see life from their trucks.

As you can see, “Curiocity” aims to be an inspirational place. There are different venues on the site, the largest of which can be found in the 5 marquees located behind the “Formula 1” stands, while the others can be found in the middle of the circuit.

We greatly look forward to welcoming you. This will be a unique opportunity for you to share and help others share your experiences and passion for these skills.

CurioCity Activities

Please find below some examples of activities.

Light Vehicle Technician How do you balance a wheel?
How can faults be detected using a computer?
How do you repair a dent on your car?
A Belgian prestige car – what you can do when you are an excellent technician!
This vehicle has travelled 445 km on 1 litre of fuel!
Providing assistance at rallies
Motorcycle Technician Everything you need to know about (and do with) your scooter
The man who built this motorcycle is a world champion!
Helping out at motorcycle races
CNC Machining Technician Manufacturing parts with a single turn
Welder Trace, cut and weld
Become a welder
Welding simulator
Mobile Robot Technician Come and control the moving robots
Mechatronics Technician Press the controls and the machine does the rest (almost)
Take over the controls and see how mechatronics work
See how a mini-factory works
How mechatronics are used to clean vehicles – come to the car wash!
Repair a sweet machine
Build a simple motor
Electronics Technician How are electronic cards made?
Refrigeration Technician How does an ice rink work?
Everything that you need to know about refrigeration
Electrician Building electrical assemblies
How does a wind turbine work?
Assembly technician Set rivets in an aircraft wing
CAD Designer See how a printer can reproduce objects
Caring Wash your hands and see the results in the “box of tricks”
Move a person using an electric lift
Give food to a person sitting in an armchair
How does it feel to be an elderly person?
Joiner Make something out of wood
Wood Machining Technician Make something out of wood
Cabinet Maker Build a piece of furniture
Roofer How does a roofer slate a roof?
Plumber See how things get heated when a plumber gets to work
Bricklayer No bricklayers would mean no houses. Meet the tradesmen and find out what they do
Plasterer/Dry wall system Installer White walls – the work of the plasterer
Electrician The electrician’s task is to light up your house
Road Builder Move sand with a mini excavator
Laboratory Technician How science is used in the agri-food industry
Food Production Operator Learn about the agri-food industry.
Truck Driver The HGV driver – a link in the chain
Everything you wanted to know about truck drivers can be found in a truck
How does it feel to drive a real truck?
Step into the shoes of a truck driver using a simulator
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