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WorldSkills UK: On the road to show how competitions can change lives

Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018

Pay increases, promotion and plenty of opportunities are what our Skills Champions tell us they have benefited from since entering WorldSkills UK Competitions. Now they are taking to the road with Peter Bakare, a WorldSkills UK Performance Coach and former member of Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, to show other young people how they too can benefit from entering WorldSkills UK Competitions.  

Six Colleges: Coleg Y Cymoedd, Westminster Kingsway College, Trafford College, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Birmingham Metropolitan College and City of Bristol College will host the ‘competition roadshows’ throughout February and March.

The Colleges have pledged to work with WorldSkills UK to raise awareness of skills competitions amongst apprentices, students, staff and employers, helping to drive up entries from under-represented groups including young women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.   

Parisa Shirazi, Head of Skills Competitions at WorldSkills UK said: “Our research shows that entering our skills competitions offers tangible benefits to all. A recent survey showed that over 95% of young people who participated believed their technical and employability skills had improved, while over 80% felt competing had increased their confidence, team working and ability to work under pressure. Working with colleges, we want to show young people that whatever their background our competitions can help them gain the right skills for their dream job.”  

If you are interested in attending a WorldSkills UK Competitions Roadshow below, please email 




Monday 26 February 2018


Coleg Y Cymoedd

Thursday 1 March 2018


Westminster Kingsway College

Monday 5 March 2018


Trafford College

Wednesday 7 March 2018


North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Thursday 8 March 2018


Birmingham Metropolitan College

Thursday 15 March 2018


City of Bristol College 

WorldSkills UK Competitions 2018 open for entry from 1 March until 7 April.  To register your interest click here  

These competitions form part of the selection process for the international WorldSkills Competition in Shanghai, China in 2021.

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