The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0 is the concept of revolutionising modern factories using a range of new and emerging technologies.

Topics such as System Integration, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Cybersecurity, and others play important role in I4.0 concept.

Your task, includes PLC & HMI programming, developing SCADA systems for displaying live data and usage of the system, use of Augmented Reality, creating a digital twin, and data analysis on cloud.

Core competencies are found in the Technical Handbook within the useful resources section.

Competitors from Automation and Mechatronics are encouraged to join the industry 4.0 competition.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Analytical skills 

  • Time-management

  • Problem-solving

  • IT skills

  • Team working

  • Programming

  • Communication skills

  • Critical thinking

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Entry criteria

  •  This is a team activity (teams of two).
  •  Competitors must have access to I.T. equipment capable of running Siemens TIA Portal V16 or higher, and CIROS 6.4 or higher
  • Competitors must have access to Festo Didactic CP Lab equipment.
  • Competitors must be available for the National Qualifiers and National Finals.

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The entry stage of competition is a remote or online test sent after registration closes 12th of April.

Competitors will have one week to complete the task and the final deadline is 19th April 2024.

Live Qualifier starts from the 13th June 2024.

The qualifiers will be held on the 13th and 14th June 2024

At Festo Office Northampton (TBC).


To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC).

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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