Welding is the process for joining metals using in a large variety of applications. Welding is the joining of metals at a molecular level. A weld is a homogeneous bond between two or more pieces of metal, where the strength of the welded joint exceeds the strength of the base pieces of metal.

This competition is designed to test your skills in the three main Welding processes: Manual Metal Arc (MMA) Metal Active Gas (MAG) Tungston Inert Gas (TIG).

The competition has 3 stages; each stage gradually builds up to challenge you to develop your welding skills, At each stage you will be required to complete a number of welding test pieces in carbon steel Aluminium and Stainless steel in a variety of welding position.

This competition is aimed at Trainee/Apprentice welders working and/or training in the welding industry at level 2-3 or higher level. The test pieces are marked to a set criterion based on BS EN ISO 5817.


The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Health and Safety

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to work on your own

  • Numerical skills

  • Manual dexterity

  • Quality assuring

  • Accuracy

  • Knowledge of national and international welding standards

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition; there is no limit to the number of entries per organisation.
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies (these can be found in the documents within the ‘Useful Information’ section) and have achieved or working towards a Level 3 in the last 12 months
  • Any welder who is currently undergoing training may enter the competition.
  • Entrants must be proficient in MMA and TIG and MIG/MAG.
  • There is no age limit for the National Welding Competition but for those competitors wishing to participate at the international competition level, competitors must not be older than 22 in the year of that event.

How it works

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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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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.

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