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PRESS RELEASE : Fluke Corporation and Fluke Networks Sponsor Nine Events During WorldSkills Competition in Finland

EVERETT, Wash. – Fluke Corporation and Fluke Networks teamed up to provide equipment and technical expertise to support nine events in the recent WorldSkills 2005 Competition held in Helsinki.

WorldSkills, an international, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting vocational education and training worldwide, holds its global competition (formerly called the Skills Olympics) every two years. Trade schools students from 42 countries participated in this year’s event in Helsinki, Finland, competing to be the "best of the best" in 48 vocational skills categories ranging from web design and computer communications to CNC machining and automotive technology.

A Founding Sponsor of the organization and active participant in WorldSkills events since 1999, Fluke Corporation provided awards, equipment and technical expertise to support seven events for the 2005 competition: Industrial Electronics, Electrical Installations/Commercial Wiring, Industrial Control, Automotive Technology, Autobody Repair, Polymechanics/Automation and Refrigeration. Fluke Networks sponsored the IT PC/Network Support and Telecommunication Distribution Technology events. Equipment provided by Fluke Corporation and Fluke Networks included DTX CableAnalyzers™, CableIQ™ Qualification Testers, ScopeMeters, installation testers, electrical testers, thermometers, clamp meters and a variety of digital multimeters.

Fluke also provided support for the WorldSkills Leaders’ Forum held in conjunction with the competition. The 2005 Leaders Forum drew more than 100 professionals in the education, government and industry sectors from around the globe to exchange ideas on programs, best practices and delivery methods, and discuss issues such as global competition and skills shortages affecting vocational education and training programs worldwide.

"WorldSkills is part of Fluke’s ongoing commitment to supporting vocational education, which we think is a cornerstone to promoting economic growth on a global basis," said Carl Pickard, president of Fluke’s Industrial organization. "It’s inspiring to see the level of excellence and professionalism demonstrated by the participants in WorldSkills 2005, and we’re proud to contribute to a program that will continue to play a key role in the future of the industry."

"The growth in IT competitions at World Skills is a good sign for the future of the industry," said Chris Odell, President of Fluke Networks. "We are proud of the competitors’ achievements and our role with them."

Both Fluke and Fluke Networks are also involved in many regional and in-country Skills competitions around the world including those in Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, SE Asia and many parts of Europe. These events are part of the qualifying process for competitors to make the country team in their specific trade.

About WorldSkills
WorldSkills is a not–for-profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a national responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries. WorldSkills operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral. WorldSkills provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills attests to the fact that traditional trade and craft skills along with the newer technology multi-skilled vocations make an essential contribution to the economic and social well being of peoples everywhere.
www.worldskills.org

About Fluke
Fluke Corporation is the leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke products are used by technicians and engineers in service, installation, maintenance, manufacturing test and quality functions in a variety of industries throughout the world. More information can be found by visiting Fluke’s Web site at www.fluke.com.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks and the installation and certification of the fiber and copper forming the foundation for those networks. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com