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Championing the Way Activities

WorldSkills UK is delighted to have secured funding from the Careers & Enterprise Company to deliver the following streams of activity to reach and inspire more young people about skills and careers across England in 2016-17.

Strand 1 - Skills Champions

This project will harness the unique experience and knowledge of WorldSkills UK Champions as inspiring role models for students and offer a unique perspective on routes into professional and technical careers. Skills Champions will offer peer-to-peer guidance for young people through interactive, experiential presentations and workshops for students from years 8 – 10 in 100 schools across England. This project will also see local and national employers delivering presentations in schools and offering insight into industry alongside Skills Champions role modelling and delivering presentations, workshops and other supporting schemes in 100 schools across six identified key areas: London, South East England, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley, Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire and Cornwall.

Find out more about Skills Champions

Strand 2 - Manchester Event

WorldSkills UK the Skills Show Greater Manchester is a two day experiential careers and skills event which will welcome 8,000 visitors attending from 55 schools and colleges, including those still seeking employment and routes into further education. With 10+ Have a Gos, 2 Spotlights and 1 showcase stage, the event aims to replicate the success of The Skills Show using the all the various tools that have in the past proved to be so effective in engaging and inspiring young people.

Strand 3 - Regional Skills Shows (Peterborough and Northampton (SEMLEP))

The WorldSkills UK events in Peterborough and Northampton (SEMLEP) are employer-led experiential careers learning events showcasing competition-based activities. Both events will include a focus on STEM subjects.

These events will aim to motivate and inspire young people in the East of England and the SEMLEP areas whilst simultaneously building upon the success of previously delivered local careers events. These events will attract up to 3,000 visitors in each area from local schools and colleges, including those still seeking employment and routes into further education as well as visitors with special educational needs and disabilities. The events will feature 4 skills sectors with 6 competition showcases – reflecting local employer needs. The eventa will also combine the presence of employers and Skills Champions supporting numerous hands on Have a Go activities, Showcase platforms, a Spotlight speaker stage, professional careers advisers and inclusive skills sessions.

WorldSkills UK will deliver the regional Skills Shows in partnership with experienced local Delivery Partners such as ACER and Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough (GCGP) LEP, and EMFEC and Prospects Services amongst other local organisations.

Strand 4 - Competitions and Skills DIY Toolkit

WorldSkills UK will provide an interactive competition–focussed toolkit which will give schools the chance to use skills competitions as a route to engaging young people in understanding more about technical and professional training and careers, the skills needed to success in work and the pathways into these careers. The toolkit will also demonstrate the value of competition-based activities to wider curriculum delivery, and is being developed in conjunction with CDI who are working with teachers, careers professionals and employers. The toolkit will be available across England with the aim of reaching 7,500 students from 250 schools from December 2016.