Team UK members to compete in next global ‘skills Olympics’ will be announced in May

We are excited to announce that the world’s leading learning company Pearson will be the official partner of Team UK for the 47th WorldSkills Competition, taking place in Lyon, France from 10 – 15 September 2024.

This year-long partnership will see us and Pearson work together to boost the prestige of technical and professional education, empowering young people and employers to succeed. 

WorldSkills, known as the ‘skills Olympics’, is the largest international skills competition held every two years in cities around the world.  The event will see 1500 young people from over 65 counties compete in 62 different technical skill disciplines from engineering, manufacturing and technology through to creative, digital and hospitality in front of an audience of 250,000.  

We will work with Pearson to support the UK’s most skilled young people as they compete on the world stage.  During the course of the event, we will gather the latest global best practice in skills standards, training and assessment to share with educators, employers and governments back in the UK. 

With little over eight months to go until WorldSkills Lyon 2024, the UK’s most talented young apprentices and students are now in training around their work and study, with the aim of being selected to represent the UK.  Together with Pearson, we will be announcing the members of Team UK in May.

Ben Blackledge, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said:

“We are delighted that Pearson has chosen to partner with us to support Team UK on their journey to WorldSkills Lyon 2024.

WorldSkills UK and Pearson share a passion for technical education, and we will be working together over the next 12 months to showcase the world class skills that exist in the UK and to emphasise the importance of technical education for investment, jobs and growth right across the country.

Those that will be representing Team UK in Lyon, on the world stage, will become role models for the next generation. From renewable energy and additive manufacturing to cooking and welding, they will demonstrate that apprenticeships and technical education can lead to fantastic careers.”

Freya Thomas Monk, Managing Director of Vocational Skills and Training at Pearson, said:

“Pearson shares many goals with WorldSkills UK – celebrating the best of vocational and technical education, raising awareness and the prestige of the sector and supporting young people to set new benchmarks of excellence in their chosen fields.  We’re thrilled to be supporting Team UK for WorldSkills Lyon 2024.”

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