This report builds on earlier DuVEresearch (Mayhew et al., 2013) WorldSkills competitions (WSC) by focusing on the perspectives and perceptions of the training managers (TMs) who prepare UK competitors for participation in WSC on behalf of Find a Future.

Mayhew et al. (2013) pointed to the lack of research on the topic of promoting and staging skills competitions and specifically on the role of the TMsin this process. Given their key role in training young people in preparation for Squad and Team UK this dearth of research is somewhat surprising. Apart from Mayhew et al.there is a report by HOST (Rowe, Windmill, Willis and Opie, 2013) which focused particularly on benefits to TMs.

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