What are WorldSkills UK Competitions?

Skills competitions are designed by industry experts, and assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against set criteria in a competitive timed-environment.

Our 2022 National Finals will take place this November at six colleges across the four nations of the UK testing sixty-three skills. And you can experience the thrill of top tier competition as the UK’s best students and apprentices compete for gold. These include Barking & Dagenham, Belfast Met, Blackpool & The Fyle, Cardiff & Vale, Edinburgh and Middlesborough College. You can find a full list of competitions at each college here.

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The stages of WorldSkills UK Competitions

Register your interest (Dec 2021 - Feb 2022)

Register your interest using the form below so you’ll be the first to hear when competition registration opens.

Register (28 February - 1 April)

Register for the competitions.

Passive stage (April)

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable).

National Qualifiers (25 April - 24 June)

Competitors take part in competitions at their local college, training provider centre or workplace, or, take part in an online competition.

Announcement of finalists (July)

Scores are quality-assured and Finalists are announced.

Training & Development (Sept - Oct)

Preparing and practising to compete in the National Finals.

National Finals (November)

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals.

Squad UK

Those who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK.

The benefits of getting involved

Competition activity develops employability and technical skills to high levels of excellence and enhances capacity in attributes valued by employers such as teamwork, problem-solving, time-management, judgement and working under pressure.

Competition activity stretches teachers, trainers and assessors as well as learners and are a great development (CPD) opportunity for staff – updating and extending their subject specialist and pedagogical skills and knowledge

  • Greater scope for creativity in teaching, training and learning techniques
  • Opportunities to benchmark and learn from peers
  • Raises the profile of Apprenticeships and vocational learning
  • Access to additional equipment and resources
  • Supports the move from competence to excellence
  • Provides evidence for inspections

At every stage of the journey, WorldSkills UK Competitions contribute to participants’ personal and professional growth or preparation for employment. As well as building on their technical skill set, we help competitors become  well-rounded individuals by evolving their professional and personal skills throughout the process.

  • Helps to achieve qualification goals
  • Develops personal, technical and employability skills
  • Raises aspirations and ambitions
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds on strengths and identifies areas for development
  • Developing networks with peers and industry

Competitions are unique in developing the skills that employers need in their workplace. The mix of technical, employability and personal skills is a key strength of the competition model. By having access to global insights and standards, competitors will be stretched to aspire to the higher-level skills necessary for individuals to compete in the national and global economies and bring that expertise back into the workplace, enhancing existing processes and systems.

  • Better skilled apprentices and future employees
  • Improved business performance
  • Raised company profile and increased marketing opportunities
  • National and international exposure
  • Improved links with schools, colleges and community organisations
  • Opportunity for staff development, eg, becoming a competition judge

Competitor Support Fund

We are pleased to be able to offer a Competitor Support Fund, which will award a small grant to competitors that require additional funding, to support their dedication in participating in WorldSkills UK’s national skills competition process.

Find out how to apply

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