Steel structures are crucial in all areas of construction, from the buildings themselves to the tower cranes needed to assemble them. You will need to understand how the different types of steel need to be used, and how to cut, join, and weld them both in engineering workshops and on site.

For the construction metalworker, that means being able to understand engineering drawings and then building the actual structure accurately.

This WorldSkills UK competition focuses on all the essential requirements for a successful career as a metalwork specialist in the engineering industry. The competition has been designed to reflect the role of an advanced metal fabricator and meet industry standards.


The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Math skills

  • Understanding of health and safety

  • Appropriate PPE

  • Safe handling of machinery/tools

  • Interpret Drawings

  • Assembly skills

  • Welding and Joining Techniques

  • Finishing techniques

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • The competition is intended for those studying, training and/or working in general fabrication, structural fabrication, shipbuilding, engineering construction and manufacturing. Competitors can be in education and training or working in industry. The competition is based on the standards attained by trainees who are studying or enrolled on a level 3 programme or who have achieved a level 3 qualification in the last 12 months. (Up to level 3 for England, Northern Ireland and Wales, up to level 6 for Scotland or up to five years’ experience in a working environment).

How it works

Use our practical guidance and tools to run your own competition activity as part of your teaching and learning programmes. This is a great way to stimulate enthusiasm and interest for competitions

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Prepare learners to take part in competition by developing their technical and mental skills so they can compete at their best – there are lots of tools and resources available to help you

Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

Kickstart a career in Construction Metalwork

If you’re interested in Construction Metalwork then visit our Careers pages to learn more.

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