Frequently asked questions

Put simply, a skills competition provides an opportunity for individuals (or teams) to compete against one another to demonstrate their talent in a particular vocational skill, using tasks derived from real life, industry-based scenarios. Each individual’s work is scored by experts to agreed criteria, and the highest score(s) go through to the next stage.

WorldSkills UK Competitions bring together apprentices and young people from around the UK to compete to be the best in their chosen skill, first in national competitions and then as part of Team UK in international skills competitions, for those competitions that lead to International competition. Skills competitions provide employers, colleges and independent training providers with a proven method of achieving real results for young people of all abilities.

We offer a range of skills competitions across Engineering & Technology; Digital, Business & Creative; Health, Hospitality & Lifestyle and Construction & Infrastructure.

We guarantee the integrity of skills competitions delivered on our behalf by our Competition Organising Partners across education and industry; representing over 45 skills that lead to over 300 qualifying events each year, culminating in a National Final.

For each skills competition there is an entry requirement, this is outlined on each skills competition web page. It will outline the minimum or maximum level of attainment and the core competencies the participant needs to have in order to be able to fully participate in the competition.

WorldSkills UK Competitions are free to enter and are a great tool to help bring learning to life. Depending on how far in the journey your students and apprentices reach, there may be costs involved that could include support activity to practise and prepare, the costs of transport to and from National Qualifiers, in addition to staff time.

To take part in WorldSkills Competitions, apprentices and students must be entered online by their college, training provider or employer.

Access free sector specific teaching resources, mindset masterclasses and skills assessment tools on the WorldSkills UK Learning Lab to help prepare your learners for our competitions.  The Learning Lab offers educators the functionality to register learners to the platform, assign resources, benchmark learner assessment against the national standards and track their progress.

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