Applications for the third year of the Centre of Excellence open today (Monday 4 April 2022).

We launched the initiative, developed in partnership with NCFE in 2020, to drive up standards of technical training, and now have 37 member institutions throughout the country.

The programme aims to supercharge the quality and delivery of technical and vocational education by transferring world-class expertise and knowledge to help develop educators and learners. Centre of Excellence members will benefit from being part of a community of best practice, whilst educators will receive exclusive ‘train the trainer’ sessions and intensive continual professional development.

Pete Walters MBE working as part of the Centre of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence is open to colleges, independent training providers and employer providers. There are six spaces available in the third cohort. We are particularly keen to work with institutions which work with underrepresented groups and educators from STEM and digital areas.

The Centre of Excellence has proven to be hugely popular and was oversubscribed in both 2020 and 2021. Of the educators involved in the programme so far, 75% said it has encouraged them to make changes to improve their teaching and training practice.

When it comes to the learners involved, 86% said that they would be able to apply the skills they had learned to their education and work, with 80% saying they would be able to apply the skills they had learned to other parts of their life.

Applications run throughout April and if you are interested in applying please visit the Centre of Excellence applications webpage for more information, where you can download a toolkit and sign up for webinars run by institutions already involved with the programme, taking place:

Wednesday 13 April 12:30-1:30pm
Tuesday 26 April 2-3pm
Wednesday 4 May 12-1pm

As the international arm of the UK skills systems, WorldSkills UK is uniquely placed to use our knowledge of world-class standards and global best practice to support the development of high-quality skills employers need now and in the future.

The hugely popular Centre of Excellence supercharges the quality and delivery of technical and vocational education by transferring international expertise and knowledge to support the professional development of educators and is key to helping create a world-class skills economy across the UK.”

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO, WorldSkills UK

We know that we can’t have world class education without world class educators and that’s why we’re so committed to investing our resources in this initiative, which is driving forward positive change and unlocking excellence for everyone.

Based on deep insight and learner need, the Centre of Excellence supports UK-wide delivery of best practice in the technical and vocational space. In doing so, we’re creating a cohort of learners who will be well-equipped to facilitate a skills-based levelling up of the UK economy.

We look forward to seeing the full results of the initial pilot, but also to seeing the longer-term impact on the education sector as a whole. We’d like to encourage other organisations to collaborate with us on this, so please do get in touch if you’re interested in hearing more.

David Gallagher, CEO, NCFE
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