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.
January – February 2023
Be the first to receive more information about our 2023 competition cycle.
27 February – 24 March 2023
Register for the competitions.
The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable).
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.
Scores are quality-assured and Finalists are announced.
September – October 2023
Preparing and practising to compete in the National Finals.
The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals.
Those who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK.
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
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.
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.