Emma Roberts, Head of Research and Public Affairs, WorldSkills UK

@WorldskillsUK last week hosted its first ever International Skills Summit bringing together high-profile speakers from UK governments, education and business to promote the importance of delivering skills excellence to build back better.

The event was a critical part of WorldSkills UK’s fundamental ambition to mainstream excellence in skills, using our access to the WorldSkills international network of well over 80 countries and our world-class training methodology to bring best practice in skills development back to the UK.

With 10 live sessions and 29 speakers the event covered a wide range of topics from productivity in the automotive sector, to developing digital skills in construction. We picked up tips from Chinese Taipei and Australia about how they’re promoting skills to rebuild their economies and cope with challenges such as automation. And we heard from two current skills ministers and two previous skills ministers about how they see WorldSkills UK and skills competition training methods playing a key role in embedding excellence in technical education.

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan MP spoke passionately about the need to improve the prestige of technical education stating that “we must tackle this absurd notion that you’ve somehow failed if you don’t go to university” and emphasised how WorldSkills UK’s competitors and training managers are fantastic ambassadors in challenging these perceptions.

With a wide variety of sessions and speakers it was, I hope, an event that had something for everybody, but for me there were three key messages that I will take away:

Firstly, WorldSkills UK must think big about the future and get serious about hosting an international WorldSkills competition.

With all UK governments prioritising skills development there is a real opportunity to galvanise support for technical education by bringing the ‘skills olympics’ back to the UK for the first time since 2011, raising the prestige of technical education and literally bringing into people’s living rooms the importance of skills in the way that WorldSkills Kazan 2019 did for Russia.

In their joint interview Robert Halfon MP and the Right Hon Anne Milton both reiterated their support for this to happen with Robert Halfon calling it a ‘no-brainer’ and Anne Milton saying that this would be a great way for the Government to signal its seriousness about skills. The task for WorldSkills UK now is to scope out in more detail how this would work and make it an opportunity that can’t be missed.

Secondly, there is more WorldSkills UK can do right now to help embed excellence in skills.

For example, it is clear that digital skills are a priority for everyone in education, government and industry and I believe it’s important that we are aware of these trends and ready to respond to them. We will therefore be embarking on a new digital research project in the next month, which will inform practical steps that we can work on with our partners to help promote digital careers to young people and make sure young women and men can excel in those skills.

With a refreshed industrial strategy on the horizon we’ll be keen to see how we can help develop skills excellence in other priority areas of the economy too.

Thirdly, there is a clear demand for information, best practice and discussion about skills excellence.

At such a busy time for all of our stakeholders in education, governments and industry we were delighted to have well over 200 people tuning in to our international skills summit and hopefully taking away valuable insights that will help drive skills development all over the UK.

With more research and events planned over the next six months and an International Skills Summit in 2021 we look forward to engaging even more stakeholders on our shared ambition to mainstream excellence in skills.

Emma Roberts, Head of Research and Public Affairs, WorldSkills UK

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

Kirklees College added a new event 1 hour

Kirklees College 16-18 Virtual Open Days

Open to Year 11 students, parents and carers and applicants, the Virtual Open Days will take place over two days on Tuesday 29 June and Wednesday 30...

  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021 05:00 PM
  • Kirklees College
Alicia has published a new article: How to Keep Your Hybrid Workforce Engaged 16 hours 19 minutes ago

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page