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How you can get involved

To achieve international success, WorldSkills UK needs to select the best of the best from the UK’s top apprentices and learners.

Those selected to train for international competitions are put through a rigorous accelerated development programme designed by Experts. Each individual is required to meet a series of international benchmarks in order to progress to the next stage of training.  

Our research shows that whatever stage of the development programme an individual reaches, the training they complete is hugely beneficial to their apprenticeship or training programme and the development of their employability skills.

WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers

Apprentices and learners register to take part in the WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers which are run in partnership with Competition Organising Partners.  These qualifiers take place throughout the UK.

Successful entrants are invited to take part in the Nationals Finals, held each year at WorldSkills UK LIVE

Registrations for the National Qualifiers open from 1 March until 7 April each year.

Squad UK Training

Supported by their employer and training provider, members of Squad UK follow a challenging training programme that is designed by WorldSkills UK Experts and is based on the international WorldSkills Standards.

The competitors also follow a similar programme to that of the UK’s top athletes. This training focuses on developing their key attributes including problem solving, team work and leadership, all of which are essential to developing a medal-winning performance.  

Team UK Selection, March 2019

Designed to replicate the challenging conditions faced by competitors at the WorldSkills Competitions, the Team UK Selection process takes place over four days. During the selection process, members of Squad UK compete against each other for the one place to represent their skill in Team UK.

Team UK training

Members of Team UK continue with their development programme supported by their Expert, Employer and Training Provider. This training focuses on the refinement and development of an individual’s higher level skills.  

WorldSkills UK LIVE 2019

Age and skill eligible competitors who excel in the National Finals, held at WorldSkills UK LIVE, are invited to join the training programme for international competitions and begin training as Squad UK.

Register your interest for this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE and see the future stars of EuroSkills Graz 2020 and WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 in action.

WorldSkills UK Champions

All members of Squad and Team UK are invited to join the Skills Champions programme, a network of inspiring young professionals who promote the work of WorldSkills UK to young people and businesses.