Two key features of the Network are:

Embedding international partnerships within this space to enable exchanges of skills, knowledge, and insights into world class quality.

Establishing three communities of practice in key growth sectors (Digital, Net Zero, Advanced Manufacturing), to explore future demand for skills, enhance technical expertise with industry led training and diagnostic action learning and research with coaching and mentoring rooted in its core.

The purpose is to provide a space that encourages innovation that deepens knowledge, understanding and practice amongst practitioners.

Cross-cutting themes in education, industry and employment will be covered and working with representatives from all vocational areas

Members of the Centre of Excellence are invited to take part in Network activities, which will include both in-person and online events, based on themes identified by the sector.

The Network’s first event will take place at our National Finals in Manchester, at Trafford College (Altrincham Campus) on Thursday 16 November.

This will include contributions from WorldSkills UK, Skills and Education Group outlining the vision and themes of the network, followed by presentations and discussions with WorldSkills Netherlands and WorldSkills India on exploring methods that support providers to promote vocational learning opportunities.


apprentices having a discussion

Communities of Practice

Imagine a vibrant hub where education, industry, and international partners come together and constantly scan the horizon for emerging trends and future excellence needs.  Imagine placing the future workforce at the heart of every conversation, with an eye on what’s happening internationally and the ability to action change in education immediately.

The Communities of Practice serve as a platform for industry and education, home to sector specialists in three pivotal areas: Digital, Advanced Manufacturing, and Net Zero. These communities are not just reactive; they are proactive, developing responsive skills to keep pace with rapidly evolving sectors.

Together, these communities form a robust network that fosters continuous learning, agility, and improvement, ensuring that we stay ahead of the curve and nurture the skills that will shape our future.

If you would like to become more involved with the Network or Communities of Practice, please get in touch with the team:

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