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The competitor journey

WorldSkills UK Competitions bring together apprentices and students from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill.

Designed by industry experts, the competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria.

Competitions enable apprentices and students to develop world-class skills. They accelerate a person’s career by providing a mechanism to develop the high level employability skills that employers are crying out for. 

Local Competition Activity

Local competition activity run internally by colleges, training providers and businesses enables organisations to identify their best apprentices and students to register for the National Competition cycle.

Number of competitors: 15,000 +

Competitor registration

Colleges, training providers and businesses register thousands of competitors each year to take part in the National Qualifiers.

Find a competition Number of competitors: 3,000 +

National Qualifiers

National Qualifiers are held in colleges, workplaces and at trade events across the UK, with the highest scoring competitors for each skill being invited to take part in the National Finals.

Number of competitors: 3,000 +

National Finals

Over 500 of the best competitors from across the UK compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, each of them hoping to be named the UK champion in their chosen skill.

Find out more Number of competitors: 600

Squad UK selection

Age and skill eligible competitors who excel in the National Finals are invited to Squad UK and participate in the training and development programme for international competitions.

Find out more Number of competitors: 100

Team UK selection

Competitors in Squad UK are required to complete a series of tests to prove they have what it takes to secure the one place in Team UK to represent their skill at an international competition.

Find out more Number of competitors: 35

International Competitions

The elite competitors of Team UK compete on the world stage, hoping to be named the best in the world at their chosen skill.

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