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What are WorldSkills UK Competitions?

Assessing apprentices’ and students’ practical skills, knowledge and employability attributes in competitive timed conditions, WorldSkills UK Competitions are proven to help young people go further, faster in their training and careers.

Competitions are designed by industry experts and focus on the highest UK and international standards.

Recognising the importance of the Competitions in developing talent, the Apprenticeship Levy can be used to support apprentices taking part.

The Competition activity and the UK’s participation in international competitions is supported by the UK Government, Governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and partners in industry and education.

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Why get involved?

WorldSkills UK Competitions deliver benefits to apprentices and students but also to their employers, training providers and colleges.

Taking part in the Competitions equips apprentices in industry with the world-class skills needed to help organisations maintain their competitive edge.  Read more here.

For colleges and independent training providers, participating in Competitions, provides a proven method to achieve real results for young repel of all abilities.  Read more here.

Inclusive Skills Competitions are open to students working up to a Level 1.  The Competitions showcase the skills of students with learning difficulties, building links between further education colleges (specialist and mainstream), work-based learning providers and employers across the country.      

Competition Stages 

To take part in the National Qualifiers, the apprentices and students must be registered on the WorldSkills UK website by 7th April. Registration for the 2018 cycle of Competitions is now closed.

Those who excel in the National Qualifiers will be invited to take part in National Finals, which take place at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event.  Celebrating the best in UK talent, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the top performing apprentices and students.

Age and skill eligible participants who compete at WorldSkills UK LIVE will be invited to join the training and development programme for international competitions with the chance to represent the UK at international skills competitions: EuroSkills and WorldSkills.

All those who participate in the National Finals are invited to join the Skills Champions programme. 

The training that our competitors Robyn and Andy received as they prepared for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 has given them a wider knowledge and skills base and has also broadened their outlook to the world of engineering which can only help them in their careers at Toyota.

Pete Spence, Technical Skills Development Specialist, Toyota

Being selected for Team UK was an amazing achievement in itself, but to win a Gold medal and to be named the best plumber in the world is such an incredible feeling. The amount of training that I have put in over the last four years has really paid off.

Gary Doyle, former apprentice and Gold Medallist in Plumbing, WorldSkills São Paulo 2015