Launched in 2020, with educational charity and awarding body NCFE, the programme now boasts 48 member institutions throughout the UK. It has impacted almost 2000 educators, and benefited 37,000 students and apprentices.

Centre of Excellence members benefit from being part of a community of best practice. By bringing global insights and methodology to the mainstream, WorldSkills UK are helping educators receive world-class teaching training.

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We're excited to announce eleven new UK institutions will join the Centre of Excellence in 2022, to raise standards in technical education.

  • Bridgend College

  • Coleg Sir Gar & Coleg Ceredigion

  • Hopwood Hall

  • Loughborough College

  • New City College

  • Newcastle College Group

  • Reasehealth College

  • Salford City College

  • South Staffordshire College

  • The Bedford College Group

  • The TEC Partnership

The four strands of the Centre

NCFE Partnership

We have partnered with NCFE the educational charity and leader in vocational and technical learning committed to powering a smarter education eco-system. We combine over 170 years of education experience with deep insight into what is needed and what works. From world-class qualifications and content to new assessment methodologies, from innovative technology platforms to partnership opportunities with our network of expert collaborators. We galvanise the education sector to shape the smartest solution for individual learning needs. In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

Indicators of success


of educators felt it had encouraged them to make positive changes to improve outcomes for students


of students said it has made them more determined to continue and complete their studies


of students felt the skills they learnt would directly apply to their education and work

How it makes a difference

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For institutions

Inspire excellence in teaching, learning and assessment and advocate for world-class skills in every setting to support continuous improvement and innovation to develop high performing and qualified apprentices and students ready for work.

Frazer Minskip, high-performance coach, at Doncaster College

For educators

Enhance teaching practice and play an influential role in the development of young people with exposure to world-class insights, access to advanced techniques in skills development and technical learning.

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For learners

Raise levels of achievement for students and apprentices by boosting formal attainment and motivation so students and apprentices aspire to skills excellence and support the development of a deeper understanding of skills for the world of work.

Meet our Skills Coaches

Our team of High-Performance Skills Coaches will lead the delivery of a transformative knowledge and skills transfer programme. They will work with 200 educators from 40 colleges during the pilot to transform the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, embedding world-class practices and techniques

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