We’re very pleased to announce the four High-Performance Skills Coaches who will be leading the work of the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence, in partnership with NCFE: Frazer Minskip, Jenna Wrathall Bailey MBE, Laura Leong and Pete Walters MBE.
The four High-Performance Skills Coaches are all experienced WorldSkills UK Training Managers who have the track record of training the medal-winning teams of apprentices and students who represent the UK at WorldSkills, known as the ‘skills Olympics’.
Through their work with the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence, in partnership with NCFE, our High-Performance Skills Coaches will capture learnings from international competitions and use these to coach and mentor educators who can then pass this knowledge on to their students, ensuring they perform to international high standards of excellence in their skills.
They will also help to create digital masterclasses so we can reach more educators and young people, including those in disadvantaged communities.
The WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind to be launched in the UK, will draw on WorldSkills UK’s unique insights into global skills systems and utilise NCFE’s expertise in curriculum development to mainstream excellence in skills development.
Meet the High-Performance Skills Coaches:
Beginning his career as an automotive apprentice, Frazer has gone onto establish himself as a leading global trainer in the automotive industry, working for some of the world’s leading luxury car brands including Bentley Motors. With over 20 years’ experience working in industry and education, Fraser joins the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence as a High-Performance Skills Coach.
Jenna Wrathall Bailey MBE
Jenna brings a wealth of experience to the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence in her role as High Skills Performance Coach. Under Jenna’s leadership as UK Training Manager and Chief Expert, the UK has firmly established its position as a world leader in Beauty Therapy. The achievement of Gold Medals at the last three international WorldSkills Competitions set a new UK record and it remains unmatched in any other skill.
Combining her passion for creativity and coaching, Laura has established herself as a leading designer and a respected lecturer in Further Education. With over 30 years’ experience working in industry and education, Laura joins the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence as a High-Performance Skills Coach.
Pete Walters MBE
Driven by a determination to raise the profile of apprenticeships and technical education, Pete has spent over 30 years working in Further Education. He joins the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence as a High-Performance Skills Coach from Stoke-on-Trent College, where he was a lecturer in the construction department.