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BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of over 80,000 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

Official Exhibitors


With colleges across Birmingham , Stourbridge and Kidderminster, BMet offers hundreds of courses from business to graphic design to animal care. Starting at entry level and going all the way up to degree level with various ways to progress, whether it’s via practical vocational studies or A Levels or Apprenticeships. No matter your educational level or what you want to achieve, BMet will put you on the right course!


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


Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry and a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We believe that it’s not just what we make, but how we make it that counts; promoting responsible, sustainable and inclusive business practices and acting with integrity. Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place, on the ground, in the sky and in space.


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.

BAM Nutall

BAM Nuttall is part of the Royal BAM Group, one of the largest civil engineering and construction companies in Europe, with wide range of activities across the world. Within the UK BAM Nuttall operates as a Civil Engineering contractor and can offer employment opportunities across all the main sectors of road, rail, marine, bridges, tunnels, water treatment, energy and land remediation.

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.

British Gypsum

British Gypsum, part of the Saint-Gobain group, is the UK’s leading manufacturer of interior lining systems. Our mission is to develop innovative products and services that help customers build better spaces to live, work and play. With over 100 years’ experience in plaster, plasterboard and ceiling solutions, we help to create partitions, provide comfort, protect against fire and insulate against sound.

Busy Bees Training Academy

BB Training Academy is an Outstanding training provider offering apprenticeships and short courses to the care sector. Our team of specialist training officers are committed to delivering high quality training nationally to develop the skills that employers within the care sector are looking for.

CITB Apprenticeships

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the Industry Training Board for the UK construction industry and the largest provider of apprentices to the sector. With over 16,000 people currently in training and over 45 years of experience in connecting people with the right opportunities, we’re perfectly placed to help you lay the foundations for your future. From your first site visit to the rest of your career, you’ll love every moment.

Coca Cola

Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP GB makes, sells and distributes soft drinks and we sell more than four billion bottles and cans every year.

College of Policing

Policing can be an extremely rewarding career; whether as an officer or a member of police staff – everyone plays a vital part in keeping our communities safe. By further professionalising policing through the introduction of apprenticeships we aim to develop new solutions to address modern crime issues. Visit our stand to test your investigative skills and more. Hear from real Officers and Staff as we present on the Spotlight Stage.

Coventry University

Coventry University are proud to have achieved the Gold award for outstanding teaching and learning. We are 2nd in the UK for Teaching Excellence (as awarded by the teaching Excellence Framework), and have been ranked as the 13th University in the UK by the Guardian University Guide. We are dedicated to providing quality teaching for our students’ research opportunities both in the UK and internationally, and offer a wide variety of degree courses for Undergraduates, Postgraduates and PHD Students.


The DRÄXLMAIER Group is an international automotive supplier with more than 60 sites worldwide. Operating in the UK since 1998, the family-owned company manufactures interior systems, wiring harnesses, electrical management systems and plastic components for the premium automotive segment. Founded in Germany in 1958, it now employs about 70,000 people worldwide. In 2016, our company reached sales of 4.1 billion Euros.


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.


Electude is the world's leading automotive e-learning company with clients in over 50 countries and availability in more than 30 languages. Electude offers a complete automotive curriculum with lessons, quizzes and simulations.

Fire & Rescue Service


The Ford Dealer Apprenticeship Programme exists to recruit and train the next wave of employees looking to develop their careers. Apprentices are employed by one of the dealers in our dealer network across a range of disciplines including car and van technician, body repair specialists, sales, customer service and business administration personnel.


London Brick has been the original choice for professional builders since 1877. Used to build around one in five houses in the UK, it is an essential element of residential renovation, maintenance and repair. It is manufactured exclusively by Forterra, with its distinctive ‘frog’ design making it easier to cut, handle and lay.

Green King

Go Construct

Construction is a career like no other. With 179,000 new construction jobs to be created in the UK in the next five years, Go Construct encourages people from all backgrounds to consider a career in construction. Created by industry members and funded by the CITB levy, Go Construct provides a range of exciting and engaging information for new entrants to discover construction careers. Free downloadable classroom activities and marketing materials are available to help you to inspire the architects and civil engineers of the future.

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!



Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. The Huawei ICT Academy programme works in partnership with Universities and Colleges worldwide delivering employable skills, training and certifications to develop multi-skilled engineers of the future. The Honor AI is an innovative trendsetting smartphone e-brand under the Huawei group, this unrivaled AI smartphone was created to meet the needs of today’s digitally smart user.


HS2 will connect eight out of our ten biggest cities, increase rail capacity on the current system and reduce journey times, while also creating thousands of jobs and acting as a catalyst for economic growth across the UK. Skills, Employment and Education is one of HS2 Ltd’s seven strategic objectives. Come and talk to us about how your skills could help us create a railway that benefits everyone.



Jaguar Land Rover

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

Royal Mail

We deliver six days a week to more than 30 million addresses across the UK. Our vision is to be recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe. But we can't do that without attracting the very best talent. So we offer apprenticeships that give a genuine insight into Royal Mail and our processes, and trainee management schemes that offer a fast-track into the business.


Skillnet Limited

Skillnet is one of the UK’s largest providers of Apprenticeships to the automotive industry. Each year we recruit and train thousands of people in exciting Apprenticeships with some of the best known brands in the country giving you the chance to work on some of the most modern, sophisticated vehicles on the road, and it’s not just a job, it’s the first step in a career that gives you the opportunity to advance and succeed in the motor industry.

St. Modwen Homes in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College

Leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen and Burton and South Derbyshire College work in partnership to provide the next generation of construction specialists with the technical skills, knowledge and experience to ensure the sector is sustainable, both now and in the future. The exciting collaboration includes the Stephen Burke Construction Academy, work experience, live briefs and a student of the year scheme offering a guaranteed interview for a St. Modwen apprenticeship.

Tasty Careers

This is your one stop shop to finding a deliciously scrumptious Tasty Career in the Food & Drink Industry. If you want to find out more about a specific career in the industry, hear from people already in the industry or are finding job hunting a bit unsavoury, then look no further – we can help! A career in the Food & Drink Industry is a whole lot sweeter, so use your waffle and take a look!!

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. • Learn about the exciting opportunities across all Apprentice aftersales specialisms on the links below.

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.

Coventry College

Famic Technologies

Since its foundation in 1986, Famic Technologies has been offering a complete range of high-end products and services in the field of software engineering and industrial automation. It has always been one step ahead, especially with the development of Automation Studio™, its innovative system design and simulation software. Originally meant for education and training on fluid power systems, it is now also used throughout the industry for system design, engineering, maintenance, service and training.

Gower College Swansea

Gower College Swansea is a further education institution based in South Wales. We deliver a broad provision from full time courses to work-based learning and commercial training. Gower College Swansea is renowned for its exceptional results with a 2018 A Level pass rate of 98%. Located across six campuses we are responsive to the needs of learners and businesses and continue to expand our provision to meet the demands of employers.

Ground Control

Ground Control is the UK’s fastest growing external maintenance and commercial landscaping company who offer a national service that includes grounds maintenance, winter maintenance, tree works and vegetation management, soft and hard landscaping and much more. We are the contractor of choice for many well-known private and public organisations - Network Rail, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and the Tower of London to name a few. Ground Control now holds 25 BALI National Landscape Awards for Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance projects, a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Harper Adams University

Attending World Skills is a 1st for Harper Adams University, in partnership with Avara Foods, now one of the UK’s leading food companies, a joint venture between Cargill and Faccenda. In association with the Meat Industry Advisory Board, these leaders in Degree Apprenticeships for the Food Industry will demonstrate career potential in Food Engineering and Food Science, through quality, production, automation, robotics and sensory skills. Join us to Have a go on stand H7-D-3.

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.

Middlesex University

With more than 130 years' experience, Middlesex University puts students first and provides expert teaching informed by inspiring research and practice. The university strives to transform the lives of its students, working closely with industry and businesses to ensure that students have an excellent experience whilst studying and gain the skills for inspiring careers.

Royal Aeronautical Society

The Royal Aeronautical Society offers free careers advice for career pathways into aerospace and aviation. Join us for our 'Have a go' simulator activity or pick up free copies of our career magazines. We can also talk about aerospace engineering, aircraft maintenance, flying, operations and other exciting roles in the industry. There is something for everyone, so come along and get involved!

The Bedford College Group

The Bedford College Group is the leading provider of post-16 education and training for over 16-year-olds in Bedfordshire. In the summer of 2017 Bedford College merged with Tresham College in Northamptonshire to become the largest group in the SEMLEP region.

UK Music & Intellectual Property Office

UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the UK’s commercial music industry and represents artists, musicians, songwriters, composers, record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers and music licensing organisations The campaigns and education team at the Intellectual Property Office engages with teachers and educators throughout the UK to inform and educate about intellectual property through our website

Walsall College

Whether you’re a school leaver looking to start a career you’ll enjoy through a vocational course or an apprenticeship, an adult looking to get back into work or to gain a promotion, or an employer who wants to train their staff, we have something for everyone. By joining us, you’ll belong to a proudly vocational college that is rated outstanding by Ofsted. You’ll learn from our highly experienced teaching team, and develop skills employers say they are looking for through our outstanding teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and a highly engaging curriculum.


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!

Air Products

Industrial gas experts Air Products will be hosting an exciting stand with lots of hands on learning. Watch a liquid nitrogen demonstration, get your hand on our interactive learning table and even have a go at welding using our virtual reality kit. Lots of learning fun for everyone.

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.


AutoRaise, the Vehicle Repair industry’s charity, is committed to reversing the current skills shortage. We are working to present the Vehicle Repair industry to young people as a genuine alternative to other employment opportunities, further education or university. As such, AutoRaise promotes a range of Apprenticeship paths to bring new blood into the industry today, ensuring the qualified talent of tomorrow.

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!


As the UK’s largest owner and operator of gas distribution networks in the UK, we distribute gas to approximately 11 million homes and businesses – that’s half of the UK! There’s no better time to work in the gas industry than now. With an exciting future ahead of us, working for Cadent means you will join a company who will play a big part in shaping the Future of Gas.

DAF Trucks

The DAF Trucks National Dealer Apprentice Programme gives Apprentices the chance to work on some of the most modern, sophisticated trucks on the road. And it’s not just a job, it’s the first step in a career that gives them the opportunity to advance, succeed and fulfil their ambitions in the motor industry.

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.


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.

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.


IRTE is one of the three professional sectors of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE). We support our members working in both the light and heavy vehicle and bus and coach sectors to progress and develop, while showing how varied and engaging a career in engineering can be, particularly for young people in need of guidance. Part of our ongoing work is to raise the profile of apprenticeships and help apprentices make the most of their qualifications.


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’.

Lloyds Banking Group

Impact 30 million customers, lead community projects and build the bank of the future – a career with Lloyds Banking Group is more than you’d expect. Whatever your experiences or background, we’ll help you to embrace your passions and strengths – and to discover new ones. Discover careers with real impact today.


Measurement is at the heart of every ‘quality product’ from design, to production, to fitness for purpose and Mitutoyo vows to support young Engineers in development of their metrology skills. As a WorldSkills UK Industry Partner we make available a vast range of precision measuring instruments, machines, systems and educational support – all employed to embrace talent and take it further. Our goal is to contribute to the well-being of society and we look forward to furthering our mission at the WorldSkills UK finals in November.

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.

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is a leading college group based in the Midlands. We formed in 2016 when North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College officially merged. Our Mission: ‘to achieve success through learning’. We are committed to working in partnership with local, regional and national employers to ensure that they deliver the skills training that industry needs today and in the future.

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. Higher Education, is the UK’s largest corporate training provider. We are a private UK higher education provider working in partnership with universities, colleges and education specialists in the UK to recruit, market and deliver a range of programmes from foundation level, to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We partner with the following institutions: • Middlesex University • Northumbria University • Solent University • Ulster University • University of Roehampton


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.

Sport 4 Life UK

Sport 4 Life UK believes in a level playing field where every young person has the opportunity to create a better future for themselves. We are proud to provide the opportunity for young people aged 12-29 to prepare for, and move into, sustained education, employment, or training, by improving their employability and key life skills - through its sports-themed personal development services. Activities include: structured sport sessions, accredited qualifications, youth-led social action, formal mock interviews, employability workshops and one-to-one mentoring.

Talent in Logistics

Talent in Logistics is dedicated to the recruitment, development, engagement and retention of those who work within the logistics sector. We are an events business that holds an annual conference, including live competitions, and an awards night with a complete people focus! We want to work collaboratively with industry to make a real difference to the skills and talent challenges it faces.


TARGETcareers’ mission is to help young people aged 15 to 18 make choices about their future by providing expert information and advice on the range of career possibilities available. Whether they are considering going to university, joining a sponsored degree programme or degree apprenticeship with an employer, or taking another type of school leaver scheme such as a higher apprenticeship, TARGETcareers can help them take the next step in their education or career. Visit our stand to discover how TARGETcareers can help you decide on your future.

Technicians Make It Happen

Technicians are vital to society. And their skills are needed now more than ever. The demand for technicians is growing. Their diverse skills are critical to the UK’s performance in the global business arena. Yet we face a growing skills shortfall. By training to be a technician, you could work for some of the top employers across the UK. And with opportunities available right now in an incredible range of exciting sectors including music, gaming, aerospace, film, automotive, fashion and more, there has never been a better time to become a technician. Make it happen.

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).

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing is a professional engineering institute that has been working with lead provider Rolls-Royce and many other employers to develop three apprenticeships offering rewarding roles in the exciting field of NDT. Successful apprentices could become key engineering personnel in industries such as aerospace, motorsport, power generation, manufacturing, rail, oil & gas (on- and offshore), marine and construction, in roles performing vital safety-critical testing and inspections.

Toshiba Carrier

Part of UTC, TCUK is a world leading air conditioning company and can offer a wide range of products to suit all HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) applications. Toshiba creating better air solutions in air conditioning split and VRF systems, CIAT being a leader in air movement technology and Carrier the inventor of air conditioning and known in the industry as the ‘king of chillers’. A true multi branded approach covering all aspects of the market.

Unite The Union and Unionlearn

Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the Trades Union Congress. Trade Unions help people acquire skills and qualifications to boost their job prospects and improve their employability. We support a wide range of learning and particularly help learners with few or no prior qualifications. Helping learners make a positive contribution to the economy through better skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT. We support quality apprenticeships in the workplace.

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.

University of Wolverhampton

At the University of Wolverhampton we have been providing students with the opportunities presented by a first class education for over 180 years. We have a range of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships to suit any business and can work with employers to develop strategies for improving recruitment of new staff as well as developing current employees in new learning and skills that will support your business growth.

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.

WEC Group Limited

WEC Group are a UK leading supplier of Educational Machinery and heavy duty abrasive machines for engineering & wood working workshops, schools & universities, Ministry of Defence, and D&T classrooms. Our "Clarendon by WEC" range includes British Made grinders, beltsanders, polishers, as well as lever Presses. We're also an award winning Apprenticeship provider, offering over 30 Engineering & Fabrication, CNC Machining, and Technical Engineering Apprentice vacancies every year in Blackburn, Rotherham, Leeds & Liverpool.

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.

Lead Competition Sponsors

ABP Beef

Air Products



Amazon Web Services


British Gypsum

Carlton Professional


Crown Paints

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Lincoln Electric

L’Oréal Professionnel

Matco Tools

MCS Technical Products



Portland Stone Firms

Royal Navy

The Goldsmiths' Centre

Toshiba Carrier

Teacher and Parent Hub

Cabinet Office (Civil Service)

The Civil Service is committed to improving the delivery of public services for everyone in society. Respecting and valuing differences will help to ensure that our policies and services reflect the needs and experiences of the people we serve. The Civil Service needs a workforce with the very best possible mix of existing and future talent.


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.


LifeSkills created with Barclays is a free employability programme which equips young people with the key skills they need for the 21st century workplace. The programme focuses on three core modules; work skills, people skills and money skills covering CV writing, interview skills, problem solving, creativity and communication. Free resources are available for any educator to use and young people can learn independently through the LifeSkills website.

National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships in England, offering free, impartial advice and support to employers and learners. Leading businesses now offer high-quality apprenticeships, meaning young people can 'get in and go far' with an apprenticeship. They can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning. Interested in starting an apprenticeship? For more information search 'apprenticeships' on GOV.UK or call 08000 150 400

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides free, up to date, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, education, employment, apprenticeships and the labour market in England to anyone aged 13 years and upwards. The National Careers Service will be represented by 40 professionally trained careers advisers at the show. They will be on hand to offer impartial advice and guidance to visitors on everything related to careers. Visit us today or search for National Careers Service online.

Technicians Make It Happen

Technicians are vital to society. And their skills are needed now more than ever. The demand for technicians is growing. Their diverse skills are critical to the UK's performance in the global business arena. Yet we face a growing skills shortfall. By training to be a technician, you could work for some of the top employers across the UK. And with opportunities available right now in an incredible range of exciting sectors including music, gaming, aerospace, film, automotive, fashion and more, there has never been a better time to become a technician. Make it happen. The Technicians Make it Happen stand will showcase a series of hands on activities and games that all involve the vital skills required to be a successful Technician.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company was established by government in 2015 to help link schools and colleges to employers and external careers providers to bring inspiration and insight to young people. It does this by supporting schools and colleges to implement best practice standards for careers provision and provides training and resources for all Careers Leaders.

Competition Supplier


5E Ltd

4D Engineering Ltd (Mastercam)


Active iQ

Advanced Engineering

AG Block

Air Products

Altecnic Caleffi Group




Autologic Diagnostics



Bedford College


Bodyshop Solutions

British Rowing

Building Adhesives

Business Edge





Cofresco Wrapmaster


Continental Chefs


Country Baskets

Crown Paints

DAF Trucks

Dean & Wood



Doosan Babcock

Dudley College

EAS Mechanical UK

Easy Dry

Eco Dek

Edmundson Electrical

EEF Limited




FAB Recycling

Felder Group






Forte Lubricants





Glasgow Clyde College




H+S Aviation Limited

Henry Ford Academy


Highbury College




Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales

Institute of Meat


ITAS 2007


JA Jones

Jemtech (UK) Ltd



Kent Police



Landscape Plus

Lawton Tubes

Lincoln Electric


Man Trucks

Marley Eternit


Matco Tools



MCS Tech

Middlesex University


Monument Tools


Moulton College

National Federation of Meat & Food Traders


New College Lanarkshire


Nova Verta


PACE Worldwide


PP Control and Automation

Pro Worx

Pro- Align Ltd



Renault Trucks

Robot Coupe

Rotary Lift T/A Vehicle Service Group UK

Saint Gobain

The Safeflame Project

Sandvik Coromant UK


Scania Trucks

Schluter Systems



Skillsnet Limited




Static Solutions

The Worshipful Company of Butchers


Tool Connection



Toyota GB PLC

Tracks Laser & Electronics Ltd


Volvo Trucks



Worcester Bosch


XYZ Machine Tools Ltd

Competition Organising Partner


AoC Sport

British Plumbing Employers Council

British Florist Association

Cambrian Training


Complete Forensics

Craft Guild of Chefs

Datateam Business Media

Highbury College, Portsmouth

Institute of the Motor Industry

Knowledge Point Connect

L’Oréal Professional Products

Middlesex University

National College for High Speed Rail


NET (National Electrotechnical Training)

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Northumberland College



The Goldsmiths' Company

University of West London