Registration for this year’s National Competitions opens today (19 April), with over 60 different skills competitions available for students and apprentices to enter.

The competitions range from skills in digital, engineering and construction through to health, hospitality and lifestyle and are free to enter. There are also 10 Foundation Skills competitions on offer, which are aimed at learners with special educational needs and disabilities, additional learning needs, or who need additional support for learning. Registration is open until 14 May.

Those who excel in the National Qualifiers will be invited to take part in the National Finals, which will take place in November across the UK, with the winners crowned the UK’s best in their chosen skill at a national celebration event. We will also be working with a national mainstream media partner who will provide a national platform to celebrate the finalists.

Our competition-based development programme is designed by industry experts and enhances practical skills and knowledge by assessing an individual’s personal, technical and employability attributes against set criteria in a competitive timed environment.

The programme has a real impact, with 90% of previous entrants saying their career progression improved after taking part and 86% stated their personal and employability skills had improved. Helping students and apprentices to develop the high-quality skills employers need will also help to combat the economic impact of Covid-19 in the UK.       

Dee Aylett-Smith, Head of National Competitions and Careers, WorldSkills UK said: 

“We know that young people have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic and that is why we have relaunched our competitions-based development programme to support more young people develop the high-quality skills employers are looking for.

“By celebrating the talent, we have right across the UK, we want to recognise the importance and value of skilled work and encourage more young people to choose high-quality education and apprenticeships as routes to real success in work and life.”

Learn more about our National Competitions Register today

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