The WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence has developed from an award-winning workforce development programme into a sector leading innovation space, equipping leaders and teaching practitioners with the knowledge and skills to raise the quality and standards of Technical and Vocational Learning within their provision.

Supported by partners from across Education and Industry, through the fully funded programme of hybrid online and in person events and training opportunities for leaders, educators and learners, the Centre aspires to support over 5,000 educators and influence in excess of 140,000 learners over the next three years.

Drawing on 70 years of experience in international skills benchmarking, members of the Centre of Excellence will benefit from access to: world-class teacher training based on international insights and best practice in the field of technical education and skills development; industry led networks for innovation and communities of practice exploring priority skill sectors and a Global community for thought leadership driving forward research and shaping future policy, championing the demand for UK skills excellence.


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These communities have the purpose of bringing together technical education in FE to work collaboratively with Industry, awarding bodies, international experts and training partners.

Who will benefit from the Centre of Excellence?  

Institutions will be supported to:

  • Increase standards and performance through the application of new techniques in technical education
  • Develop a more competent and motivated workforce
  • Be recognised as a player in a best practice model development
  • Aspire to achieve and advocate for world class standards.
Pete Walters MBE working as part of the Centre of Excellence

Educators will be provided with the knowledge, insights and skills enabling them to:

  • Raise performance of learners, achieving higher qualification achievement rates
  • Raise standards of teaching
  • Introduce new techniques and practices that are based on global best practice
  • Act as catalysts for raising standards across technical education.

Learners would gain techniques and know how enabling them to:

  • Achieve higher qualification achievement rates or performance outcomes
  • Raise levels of confidence and ambitions
  • Gain a greater understanding of skills needed to succeed in technical skills careers
  • Be more positive about transition into FE/HE/careers.

Hear from the team at Firebrand on how the Centre of Excellence has supported their staff and learners to aspire for excellence:

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What's on offer?

Global Community for Thought Leadership

Leading the latest research and global trends in skills development and benchmarking the UK with other countries to champion demand for world-class skills economy

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Network for Innovation

Connecting education, industry and international partners to foster collaboration, development and innovation in teaching excellence. Including communities of practice in key sectors: Digital, Net Zero and Advanced Manufacturing.

World class teacher training

Access a hybrid calendar of skills development for educators and learners. Drawing on international best practice in pedagogy, technical skills training and mindset development.

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