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UK to showcase vocational education and training programmes

WorldSkills UK, part of Find a Future, partners with CollegesUK (an AoC Enterprise) and UK Trade & Investment

UK to showcase vocational education and training programmes at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Team UK is going for Gold, competing against 1,200 of the most talented apprentices and learners from around the globe in more than 35 skills at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015.

Taking place from 11 to 16 August 2015, the WorldSkills Competition will see Team UK showcase the UK’s world class vocational and further education by demonstrating their skills in everything from Mechatronics to Hairdressing, Welding to Landscape Gardening. Over 200,000 visitors are expected to visit WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 over the four days of competition.

Participating in the WorldSkills Competition enables the UK to exchange best practice in vocational teaching, raising standards and expertise in further education, skills and apprenticeships with countries from across the globe.

This year, WorldSkills UK, part of Find a Future has partnered with Colleges UK (an AoC Enterprise) and UK Trade & Investment to put together an extended UK programme of activity in São Paulo, complementing the competition and the official WorldSkills Conference.

The UK stand is situated in the Global Skills Village (Stand no 16b), and will act as the central hub for all UK visitors. On the stand we will run sessions in partnership with key employers, WorldSkills UK Alumni members, WorldSkills UK Experts and UK colleges. The sessions will cover topics including:

  • The UK apprenticeship system
  • How WorldSkills has been used to increase the standards of teaching and learning in the UK
  • Performance excellence
  • Personal stories from WorldSkills UK Alumni members – “Where are they now?”
  • WorldSkills London 2011 legacy projects
  • Automotive engineering
  • Creative skills
  • The role of technology in inclusion
  • A detailed timetable including speakers, organisations and confirmed topics will be announced shortly.

Alongside the WorldSkills Competition and UK programme of activity, there is an official WorldSkills Conference programme available for UK delegates to join. This Conference is designed to bring leaders together to network with the policy makers of today, addressing current global skills issues. The UK will participate in the ‘Share the treasure’ session, taking place on the morning of Saturday 15 August.

Promoting your involvement and support

Please use the Team UK Communications Toolkit to help us spread the word about Team UK and WorldSkills.

Whether you’re a college, training provider, employer or a supporter, the resources we have developed will help you promote your involvement and increase the media coverage and public awareness of WorldSkills on a regional, national and international scale.

Guidance for family, friends and visitors booking independently

If you haven’t already booked an official package with the organisers, please note the following:

We have been advised by WorldSkills International that there are no more official observer packages left to purchase – these include tickets to all of the ceremonies and lunch etc. Whilst the main competition area is free to visit, we recommend the following:

  1. Contact Terramar, the official travel and event planning agency of WorldSkills São Paulo.
    They will be able to advise on accommodation, inbound tourism and transfers from the airport and to the Competition venue but not lunch at the venue / accreditation / opening and closing ceremony tickets.To receive a booking quote email reservation3.worldskills2015@terramar.tur.br and provide the following information:
    - Hotel you would like to stay
    - Number of rooms you need
    - Type of rooms (single or double occupancy)
    - Check in date
    - Check out date
    - Any transfers
  2. Contact WorldSkills
    To purchase accreditation that would provide you with lunches on site, contact Alex Musial, alex.musial@worldskills.org
  3. Conference Programme – separate booking required for all visitors.
    If you are interested in the Official Conference Programme – a full timetable and associated costs are all available.
    Book online: http://www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com/en/events/conference/

Tell us that you are coming!

It is really important that we are aware of all UK delegates coming to the event in order to include you in the extended programme of activity, introduce you to the wider delegation, and ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Please email jplowright@findafuture.org.uk with names of visitors, role, organisation, arrival / departure details, hotel name.

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