The purpose of the Priority Skills Fund is to enable access and remove barriers to participation in WorldSkills UK national engineering, manufacturing, digital, health and science competitions.   

The Priority Skills Fund is available to offer financial support to institutions to purchase new technology resources or by upskilling educators through continuing professional development programmes to prepare learners to participate in priority skill WorldSkills UK national competitions*.   

Institutions can apply for a fund up to the value of £1,000 to contribute or fully fund activity. 


  • Commitment to register and participate in a WorldSkills UK national competition (listed in the priority skills*) data checks will be made validate participation (minimum entry into the first round of the 2024 national competitions programme) 
  • No more than 200 words summarising how the priority skills fund will be used with a separate spreadsheet summarising the funding required up to £1,000. 
  • Commitment from a supplier in the form of quotation, requisition or signed letter of intent by a member of the institutions SLT to confirm the intended use of the Priority Skills Fund. 

How to apply

Following the closing date, the Priority Skills review committee will assess the application and successful applications will be notified. 

To apply for the Priority Skills Fund and for WorldSkills UK to assess the feasibility fairly and consistently, the application process is as follows: 

  • Name (person submitting) 

  • Organisation 

  • Contact details 

  • Why? (Overview within 200 words), summary of costs and quote/ requisition or letter.

Monitoring and evaluation

The Quality and Standards team will: 

  • Monitor the progress of bursary recipients after pre-competition and at national finals. 
  • Collect feedback from participants and use it to improve future iterations of the bursary programme.  
  • Evaluate the impact of the bursary on participants’ skills and career development.  

Reporting and Recognition

The Marcomms team will: 

  • Request bursary recipients to submit a short report on their competition experience. 
  • Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of bursary recipients through official channels.

Continuous Improvement 

  • Conduct periodic reviews of the bursary program to identify areas for improvement. 
  • Solicit feedback from stakeholders, including participants, organisers, and sponsors. 

ALL applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.  


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