What are WorldSkills UK Competitions?

Registration for WorldSkills UK’s national skills competitions closed on 24 March 2023.

The competitions are designed by industry experts and help young people grow personally and professionally by developing their technical and employability skills.

The competition-based development programme is proven to upskill and develop young people from all backgrounds and abilities. 97% of previous entrants say they improved their technical skills after taking part, 93% said they improved their personal and employability skills and 90% said they can apply the skills they developed to their education, work or other parts of their life. The average earnings of those who participated in WSUK’s competition development programmes is 60% higher than those of a comparable per group.

Those who excel in the National Qualifiers will be invited to take part in the National Finals, in November 2023, with the winners crowned the UK’s best in their chosen skill.

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The Stages of WorldSkills UK Competitions

Register your interest

January – February 2023

Be the first to receive more information about our 2023 competition cycle.


27 February – 24 March 2023

Register for the competitions.


April 2023

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

National Qualifiers

April – 30 June 2023

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 2023

Scores are quality-assured and Finalists are announced.

Training & Development

September – October 2023

Preparing and practising to compete in the National Finals.

National Finals

November 2023

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

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