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Sponsors, partners and exhibitors in 2018

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Car-O-Liner is the leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of high quality, technologically advanced collision repair systems including equipment, software and data. Integration of our solutions gives you flexible, universal collision repair systems that support the entire vehicle repair process, thereby reducing cycle times, and increasing profits (profitable, productive, practical).


DMG MORI is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-end quality CNC Lathes, Machining Centres, state of the art 5-axis machines, Turn/Mill and Mill/Turn as well as Ultrasonic and Laser Technology. The broad product portfolio is used in Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Energy and Die and Mold industries. DMG MORI UK employ over 100 people, the majority of whom are skilled engineers; we understand the importance of encouraging young educated talent into our industry. It is therefore a privilege to work with the UK Skills and support the future engineers through their apprenticeships


Festo Didactic is one of the largest suppliers of learning systems in the world; covering a wide range of engineering technologies such as Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Robotics and PLC Programming through to their applications in Mechatronics, Flexible Manufacturing Systems and Industry 4.0. Festo Didactic has been a major supplier of learning systems in the UK to UTC’s, FE, HE, Industry and Military. Festo is also a sponsor of World Skills International & UK.

Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 63 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 23 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.


South and City College Birmingham is one of the largest further education colleges in the country and offers a wide range of full and part time courses, A levels, apprenticeships and university level courses. The college is committed to ensuring students have the relevant skills, qualifications and experience they need and provides training and education to around 20,000 students every year. There are 8 campuses across Birmingham, all with fantastic facilities and within easy access.

Feature Exhibitors


Did you know that the last four visual effects (VFX) Oscars were won by UK companies? Or that most of the VFX for the Harry Potter films were made here? VFX employs people from physicists to illustrators, engineers to photographers; a mix of technical and artistic skills is vital to our work. Access:VFX is a cross-company initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the visual effects and animation industries. Many companies, educational establishments and industry organisations have come together to create initiatives & events to raise awareness and help to bring about change.

BMW Group UK

The BMW Group offers an exciting range of apprenticeship opportunities for exceptional young people via the BMW Retailer Apprenticeship Programmes. Training takes place predominantly at the local BMW/MINI retailer, with additional specialised training at our outstanding BMW Academy. We offer three-year technical programmes to qualify as a Light Vehicle, Motorcycle or Bodyshop Technician. Also two-year non-technical apprenticeships for Service Advisor, Parts advisor and BMW Genius.

Bosch Automotive Service Solutions

Bosch is offering the chance to gain a place on the Bosch Automotive Technician Apprentice Programme. Providing you with first class training at a state of the art facility alongside experience and employment in an automotive workshop. If you have a passion for motor vehicles, the drive to perform and want to earn while you learn; a career supported by Bosch could put you on the road to success! For more information or to apply for this exciting opportunity now, please visit our website or call 03444 120040 and ask for the recruitment team.

Busy Bees Training Academy




EEF is the representative voice of British manufacturing, both in the UK and Europe – fighting for more than 5,000 businesses and our 2,000 direct members for the last 120 years. At our state of the art training centre in Birmingham we train over 300 apprentices each year for a range of leading engineering and manufacturing organisations.


Green King

Health Education England

Are you interested in health but aren't sure where to start? With more than 350 health careers available, there really is something for everyone. Visit the Health Careers stand and meet real NHS staff - you can even try your hand at some different health skills!




Jaguar Land Rover is a company that brings together two much loved, highly prestigious British car brands. We are looking for people who share our passion to join our highly successful Retailer Apprenticeship programme. Our Apprenticeship Programmes are an excellent way of ensuring that we identify and nurture the best talent. Apprentices bring a great deal to our business delivered across four specialisms: • Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair • Vehicle Sales • Customer Service • Vehicle Parts



MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with over 10,000 employees in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the United States. With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA offers a wide range of advanced weapon systems for Air, Sea and Land platforms. MBDA is also ranked 12th in the Sunday Times Top 30 “Best Big Companies to Work For”

Mitchells & Butlers


National College for High Speed Rail

The National College for High Speed Rail is the largest of five national employer-led colleges created by the Government to help British students develop high-level technical skills. With state-of-the-art campuses in Birmingham and Doncaster. The college offers level 4-7 full-time courses, using the very latest industry technology, to learners that are starting a career in rail infrastructure, looking to switch careers, or are part of the existing workforce.

Premier Foods

Skillnet Limited

Tasty Careers

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

The automotive industry requires a variety of skills and talents. • The Toyota stand will test your dexterity and quality by using equipment developed to improve our own employees. • Try to beat the robot. • Generate electricity & learn why it’s important to invest in alternative energy. • Test your driving skills on the racing car simulator. There are activities and challenges that highlight the talent and focus needed to achieve our goals.

Volkswagen Group Apprenticeship Programme

Volkswagen Group (VWG) encompasses premium brands such as Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Trade Parts Specialists, Volkswagen Body and Paint, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Passenger Cars. We are looking for passionate, customer focused people to join our Apprenticeship programme and work in one of our retail centres as a Service Technician, Service Advisor, Parts Advisor, Paint Technician, Panel Technician or Mechanical, Electrical and Trim Technician.

Have a Go providers


AMADA are a global leader in Sheet Metal processing equipment, including Fibre & CO2 Lasers, Electric Punching machines, Automation Systems and Press-Brakes. Within the UK, AMADA have one of the largest service support and engineering teams. Punch press and press brake tooling and software packages are also available. AMADA UK have been proud sponsors of the UK Skills and World Skills competitions since 2011 and have an in-house Apprentice Training Facility since 2009.

Leicester College

We are the largest college in Leicester/Leicestershire with over 20,000 students studying everything from Access to HE courses to ESOL and uniformed public services with us. We're proud to have a strong vocational focus , offering hundreds of courses across out three--centre campuses which aim to give you the skills you need to get on in your chosen field.


Access Creative College

Access Creative College is a national, industry-led, specialist college. It is the perfect place to follow your passion for a career in the creative industries. We offer a variety of courses in Music, Media and Games! In 2017, we celebrated 25 years in creative education and have produced a number of talent including Ed Sheeran- who is now our patron!

Arch Apprentices

Arch Apprentices is a pioneering training provider that supports businesses, governments and charities to create the workforce of the future. They do so by providing exceptional apprenticeship programmes for both existing employees and new hires. Arch was set up by the UK’s leading venture builder, Blenheim Chalcot in 2012 to secure a new supply of much-needed IT and digital talent. Since then, over 2,000 people have started apprenticeships with us in over 500+ SME’s and multinational corporations in a digital, IT, finance, HR and leadership apprenticeships.


Become an Army apprentice and you’ll start an exciting, satisfying career alongside people just like you. You’ll train together, live together, and face challenges together that will build lifelong bonds. The Army has one of the largest nationally recognised apprenticeship programmes in the UK. As a Top 100 Apprentice Employer, we have 18,000 new soldiers learning with us and over 8,000 apprentices passing their training each year.

British Horseracing Authority

Careersinracing promotes careers, jobs, apprenticeships and training in the horseracing industry. No experience needed, entry level opportunities available. Horseracing is a great industry to work in! Come and have a ago on our racehorse simulator during the event and see what it's like to ride a racehorse!

DJS Research

DJS Research Ltd is a full-service research company delivering qualitative and quantitative research. They have extensive experience within the education and skills sector, with clients including universities, FE colleges, awarding bodies and sector skills councils. They also deliver research through their online research panel with education professionals, VoicED. DJS Research are delivering the official event evaluation for WorldSkills UK Live conducting research with young people, competitors, educators and more.

GTG Training and Conference Facilities

Go further with GTG Training GTG has over 40 years’ experience delivering apprenticeship training and education, with centres in Wolverhampton, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Apprentices are guided by friendly expert instructors, using the very latest technology. Plus, we support students into full-time employment opportunities to help them go even further. We offer programmes in: • Automotive • Transport • Business Services To find out more, visit us at stand H19-L-5.

Institute for the Motor Industry

The institute of the Motor Industry is the professional body for individuals working in the motor industry, and the authoritative voice of the sector. The IMI also educates, engages and inspires the future of the retail automotive industry and their influencers by providing free information and resources to embed CEIAG into the classroom. Find out about over 150 different job roles in this exciting and diverse industry.



JTL is the leading training provider to the building services engineering sector, providing high quality, work-based learning across over 100 centres throughout England and Wales. We deliver Apprenticeships, Traineeships and professional short courses. We train more apprentices than anyone else in the sector specialising in the disciplines of electrical installation, plumbing, heating & ventilating and engineering maintenance. We are an OFSTED recognised ‘good provider’.

National Schools Employability Challenge

Test and improve your employability with PwC and in this year’s National Schools Employability Challenge. New and improved for this year, the National Schools Employability Challenge 18/19 aims to not only quiz students between the ages of 16-18 on your employability, but help prepare and upskill you to be ready for the modern workplace. If that’s not enough, there are also some great prizes to be won. The Challenge runs from the 1st October 2018 - 20th March 2019.

QA Higher Education and QA Apprenticeships

We were the first IT apprenticeships business rated Ofsted Outstanding. 100% of QA apprentices have jobs from day one of their apprenticeship programme. 92% of QA apprentices secure permanent employment after completing; this is 20% higher than the national average. We’ve trained over 10,000 apprentices for a diverse mix of exciting customers – across 12 UK sites, in Ofsted-Outstanding rated training centres. We are a national provider and so no matter where you are, you can start an IT, Tech or digital career near you.


If you’re looking for a career with rewards, why not consider one of the 60 plus exciting roles with the Royal Air Force? Our stand includes one-on-one careers advice and technology to chart your pathway from student to high-flyer. You will get a chance to experience Op. VR, that will show you that a career in the RAF is No Ordinary Job.

Rollins & Sons

Marshalltown is the Professional’s choice for brick and plastering trowels as well as pointing, gauging, margin, bucket and notched trowels, tuck pointers, jointers, hawks, taping knives, edgers, bull floats, drywall, tiling and decorators tools. Marshalltown use only the highest grade steel in their trowels and is committed to providing quality tools right across the range.

Royal Navy

The Royal Navy offers 19 Apprenticeships and is one of the largest UK deliverers; offering a role to suit any skill and ambition. All new recruits are signed to an Apprenticeship programme; they have a competitive salary, travel the world and make a difference. • 10% of the Royal Navy’s workforce is on an Apprenticeship programme • Over 2,500 Apprentices complete an Apprenticeship Programme each year • STEM achievement rates greater than 91%

Severn Trent Water Ltd

At Severn Trent, we bring clean water to over eight million people, every day. Together, we’re delivering and caring for the world’s most precious resource. The challenges we face are always changing, and we’re changing to meet them. From harnessing the power of digital technology to finding safer, more efficient ways to save water, we’re building a network that’s ready for the 21st century.

Teesside University

Teesside University is a people place. Study at Teesside and join a close-knit, vibrant and supportive community. The University offers a range of subjects from aerospace engineering, to business, computer games and midwifery – many courses have optional foundation years, placement opportunities and professional accreditation. 84% of students at Teesside University are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2018).

University of Central Lancashire

In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire was founded in Preston as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. The Department for Education and Skills is working to raise the standards of education and training provision, attainment and infrastructure across Wales so that everyone can reach their potential; delivering a suitably skilled workforce with high-quality opportunities for all learners; supporting individuals, families, communities and businesses in improving economic and social well-being and reduce inequality through education and training.

WorldSkills UK Scotland

WorldSkills UK Scotland aims to build awareness and enhance engagement in WorldSkills UK and related activity regionally, nationally and internationally. Our ambassadors look to drive improvement in the quantity and quality of our competitors, not only within the college sector but schools, universities, employers and industry while supporting the Scottish economy. We also aim to add a formal research dimension to the Worldskills movement and heighten the profile of vocational education in Scotland.

Teacher and Parent Hub


IGD is a research and training charity at the heart of the food and grocery industry. With 1 in 7 UK jobs currently within food and grocery, who better to get employability insight from? Our Feeding Britain’s Future programme brings careers and employability teaching to life through free resources on our Educator Hub, Food Science Summer Schools and School Workshops. Visit our stand in the Teacher and Parent Hub to find out more about how we can help you meet Gatsby benchmarks.