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  • Learning from the world’s best: How being a bit more Chinese and Brazilian could up the UK’s skills game
    24 SEP 2019

    Learning from the world’s best: How being a bit more Chinese and Brazilian could up the UK’s skills game

    Being globally connected is fundamental to a major nation’s development and outlook. As a member organisation of the WorldSkills network, comprising over 80 peer organisations from around the world, thinking globally is central to our own work at WorldSkills UK.

  • Thoughts from Kazan - Mark Dawe
    20 SEP 2019

    Thoughts from Kazan - Mark Dawe

    Since my return from Kazan, Russia I have been asked a few times to write something about the experience I had at the biennial WorldSkills event.

  • Thoughts from Kazan - Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann
    16 SEP 2019

    Thoughts from Kazan - Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann

    Amazing. There is not a better word I can think of to sum up the past couple of weeks which saw the Skills Olympics take place in Kazan, Russia. It was a spectacular global celebration of young people and skills that will live long in the memory of all who attended.

  • Thoughts from Kazan - Ash Terron
    09 SEP 2019

    Thoughts from Kazan - Ash Terron

    As a past competitor and Assistant Training Manager for Worldskills UK in brickwork, when my employer said they would support my trip to Kazan for the World final, as they understand the reciprocal benefits of me being there, I jumped at the opportunity.

  • Thoughts from Kazan - Marion Plant
    06 SEP 2019

    Thoughts from Kazan - Marion Plant

    I came to Kazan as an official observer in my role as Deputy Chair of WSUK. I was also a speaker at the global conference. I expected to once again be “blown away” by the personal and technical attributes of the members of ‘Team UK’!

  • Thoughts from Kazan - Alison Gowman
    05 SEP 2019

    Thoughts from Kazan - Alison Gowman

    The WorldSkills competitions certainly need more publicity in the UK. Before I went to Kazan, the members of my Livery Company (the Plaisterers) knew about it as we have been supporting WorldSkills for some time. Some of the 110 other Livery Companies know about it as they support their respective skills in the competition or at Colleges. However outside of that there is no real visibility.

  • Thoughts from Kazan - Martin McGuire
    04 SEP 2019

    Thoughts from Kazan - Martin McGuire

    I travelled to Kazan for the Worldskills competition 2019 in anticipation of understanding the emphasis and value that other nations place on skills development and the benefit of competitions as a tool to inspire young people to engage in vocational training.

  • The GCSE students of today are the Team UK of tomorrow!
    22 AUG 2019

    The GCSE students of today are the Team UK of tomorrow!

    From 2,000 miles away here in Kazan, Russia, I would like to congratulate all those students receiving their GCSE results today.

  • The Kazan countdown is on: the transformative potential of our Russian skills journey
    14 AUG 2019

    The Kazan countdown is on: the transformative potential of our Russian skills journey

    The waiting is almost over: we are now only days away from the skills Olympics!

  • Welcome Boris! Now let’s give the UK the world-class skills upgrade our young people deserve
    24 JUL 2019

    Welcome Boris! Now let’s give the UK the world-class skills upgrade our young people deserve

    We wish Boris Johnson well as he begins his time in 10 Downing Street. The fact that the PM dedicated a whole article to skills so recently indicates the seriousness which he and his administration are going to apply to the issue which, those of us who work with our young people every day of the year know, matters so much.

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