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What is WorldSkills UK LIVE (formerly The Skills Show)?

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Welcome to the UK's largest skills and careers event. Discover what was at the 2017 event below.

The Skills Show 2017 sectors

The Skills Show is divided into five areas, each providing a focus on particular industry sectors:

- Construction & Logistics
- Engineering & Technology
- Health & Hospitality
- Digital & Business
- Creative & Design

Find out more The show covers five industry sectors

Have a Go

Have a Go at something you’ve never done before by trying hands-on job-related skills across a huge range of careers.

Try your hand at things like TV production, demolition simulation, virtual welding, floristry and 3D modelling and much more!

Find out more Try out something you have never done before!

Expert Careers Advice and Sign Up Stations

Get impartial one-to-one guidance on career routes and jobs from expert careers advisors. Browse the Sign Up Station stand for real opportunities that you can apply for, such as work experience, apprenticeships, and jobs.

Find out more Plan your future

Meet employers

Over 130 top local and national employers will be at the Show, including Royal Mail, IBM, BAE Systems, NHS Careers, HS2, Airbus, Barclays and Toyota, offering top jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.

Find out more Speak to employers and organisations from across the UK

Spotlight talks

From household names to current apprentices: hear from “real people doing real jobs”, be inspired, and find out how they got to where they are now.

Last year featured stars from Robot Wars and Strictly Come Dancing, BBC Radio DJs, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover, NHS, Army, O2, The Sun, and many more!

Find out more Hear from real people in real jobs!

Showcase demonstrations

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


Find out more Be entertained by talented students showcasing their skills

WorldSkills UK Competitions

Watch the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions, where the best of the best compete at the highest level in their chosen skill.

From stonemasonry to floristry, media make up to landscape gardening, the competitions give you the chance to witness exceptional talents!

Find out more Be inspired by the best of the best.

The Staff Room

The Staff Room is a dedicated space at The Skills Show for teachers, careers professionals and parents/guardians. Seminars, advice and resources will be available to help share new ideas and approaches to careers support.

Find out more A one stop shop for expert guidance on careers support.

Skills Champions

The Skills Champions will be hosting an interactive stand at The Skills Show, where they will be showcasing their skills and talking to visitors about their exciting journey so far.

Skills Champions have competed in the past as part of Team UK, Squad UK or at the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions.

Find out more Watch and listen to our exceptional past competitors.


Take part in a Skills Show Masterclass and get practical hands-on tips from inspiring young professionals. Skills Champions will be running Masterclasses in a number of skills. Taking place on Sign Up Saturday, visitors will have an opportunity to take part in small and focused workshops. Masterclasses are 45 minute sessions run by our highly qualified Skills Champions. 

Register now Get practical hands-on tips from inspiring young professionals

Now plan your day!

Start your show experience by taking our fun and free online picture quiz. Discover your Careers Cloud and find which of the five industry zones at The Skills Show you should explore first.

Discover your Careers Cloud! Make the most of your visit, discover your Careers Cloud!