The UK will work much closer with Finland to exchange knowledge, ideas and best practice following the signing of international skills partnership that aims to drive innovation and boost excellence in technical and vocational education and training in both countries.

The agreement, between WorldSkills UK and WorldSkills Finland, will see the two countries work to raise the prestige of skills and highlight their economic and social significance. As well as setting out plans to cooperate on events, conferences and research, the countries will share best practice.

The partnership has a particular focus on the crucial link between industry and education. It highlights how members of the WorldSkills International family can use their unique insights into world-class standards and the skills and act as a conduit between the emerging needs of industry.

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO of WorldSkills UK, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Finland on this exciting new partnership. Both countries will learn from each other to develop the high quality skills needed for the future of our economies.

“This partnership has an important focus on how we can help build relationships between industry and education. Our unique insights and work with other countries means we can share international best practice, drive up standards and meet the emerging needs of employers.”

Neil Bentley-Gockmann, WorldSkills UK CEO

The agreement with WorldSkills Finland is the sixth international partnership WorldSkills UK has entered into with is partners from the WorldSkills international network.

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