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WorldSkills UK Competitions

The competitor journey

WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world.  Held every two years in cities around the globe, the competition sees around 1000 young people, aged 18 – 25, come together to compete for medals in more than 40 different skills. 

Each year, exceptional competitors from WorldSkills UK regional and national competitions are invited to compete in the selection process for Squad and Team UK for the WorldSkills Competition.

The UK’s most talented apprentices, employees and learners spend around nine months training as part of Squad UK. They then battle it out against their peers, over four days of competition, to secure a place in the Team that will represent the UK at the WorldSkills competition. 

Schools activities

The WorldSkills UK offer to schools provides easy-to-introduce resources to apply the principles of a skills competition to teaching and learning environment for pre-vocational learners at key stage 4.

Pre-competition activities

Pre-competition activities are encouraged to support and raise standards of teaching and learning across mainstream VET and prepare competitors for their participation in heats and passive stages. 

Number of competitors: 10,000 +

Competitions heats and passive stages

WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions Heats are held in colleges, work places and trade events across the UK from April to July each year. The highest scoring competitors and teams are invited to take part in the finals of the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions national finals.

National competitions are open to learners, apprentices and employees from 16 years and who should be either working towards or have recently completed Level 3 or 4 qualifications in their related skills. Competitors are entered online by March 2016 to participate in heats or submit project work from April to July 2016. 

Number of competitors: 3,500 +

National finals at The Skills Show

WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions national finals take place every year at The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event and helps to shape the future of a new generation. The national finalists will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, each of them hoping to be the UK Champion in their chosen skill.

Highest scoring competitors across all heats and passive stages for each skill are invited to the UK final at The Skills Show in November. 

Number of competitors: 700

Squad UK selection

Competitors that excel in the finals of the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions may be invited to compete in the selection process for Squad and Team UK for the international WorldSkills Competitions that take place every two years in cities around the globe.

The progression of competitors/teams to join the selection process for Squad UK for WorldSkills is subject to meeting the following:

- Age
- Residency and education
- Performance criteria at the nation finals
- Competing in an Advanced or Higher levl
   competition that progresses to WorldSkills

Number of competitors: 150

Team UK selection

The best of Squad UK make it through rigurous testing to become Team UK and represent the UK at international competitions. Team UK competes against thousands of the most talented apprentices and learners from around the globe in more than 35 skills.

Team UK for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 are already in training and WorldSkills UK is looking to identify potential competitors for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Number of competitors: 35

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