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Showcase your skills

Showcases bring skills competitions to life for visitors, with experts and students demonstrating skills in an interactive and engaging format.

Your chance to inspire

The Skills Show offers you the unique opportunity to inspire young people and raise your institution’s profile - deliver a Showcase to 72,000 people at the nation’s largest skills and careers event.

The opportunity

Taking place on stages throughout the show, Showcase is your opportunity to take ownership and demonstrate an individual skill. You will present the exceptional talents of your students, trainees or apprentices, as well as promoting excellence in a wide range of vocational skills. All the while, providing explanation and context of the WorldSkills UK Competitions at the show.

Applications for 2017 Showcases are now open

Download the Showcase application form

Any questions, please email

What’s involved?

We are looking for colleges, training providers or FE institutions to take ownership of individual skills, demonstrating the very best of what they do (in that skill) on a national platform whilst demonstrating cohesion with the sectors and standards of the WordSkills UK competition portfolio.

The Showcase stages will be sector specific and linked to each of the show's five industry sectors.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Enhance your reputation and demonstrate excellence to an audience of over 72,000 visitors including students, parents, community groups, employers, influencers and media.
  • Develop a ‘whole sector’ approach involving different levels of academic and vocational disciplines.
  • Be an ambassador for a specific skill or group of skills, promoting best practice and opportunities.
  • Provide a CPD (Continued Professional Development) opportunity for your staff.
  • Improve your performance at future events and skills competitions.
  • Meet and network with employers and other partners.

Benefits to your students and learners

  • Gain valuable experience of a real life working environment.
  • Enhance their interpersonal skills including communication, problem solving, project planning and teamwork. This provides evidence for assessment and evaluation.
  • Benchmark their performances against national standards.
  • Gain a work experience certificate from WorldSkills UK.


What our organisation gets out of attending this show is very, very simple. We not only manage to recruit students at the show, but also it’s also a great opportunity is for us to showcase everything that is great about further education, to show that colleges can work together.

Mark Knight, Chair, Premier Colleges Marketing & Operations Group

I think that it’s a really good place to showcase your organisation or your brand. It helps educate people about what your pioneering, and also it’s investing in their future.

Dominic Mombrun, Second Year Dental Student, Matthew Bolton College

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