The charity WorldSkills UK champions world-class apprenticeships and technical skills. We do this by engaging young people in skills competitions, delivering experiential careers events, role modelling to challenge stereotypes and using our research to support the apprenticeship agenda.
Our goals are to support business competitiveness, young people’s employability and excellence in standards.
WorldSkills UK brings together WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions, The Skill Show and WorldSkills UK Champions.
WorldSkills UK manages the UK’s entry into the international skills competitions EuroSkills and WorldSkills.
For further information visit: www.worldskillsuk.org
This month, Team UK will stand on the podium at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 in front of a global audience of apprentices, government officials and royalty, as they prepare to compete in the world’s toughest skills competition.
Apprenticeship reforms have changed the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in England. The funding rules make provision for competition activity to be a funded element of your apprenticeship programme, either as part of the on the job delivery or the off the job training element. There is also scope to develop competitions as part of the end-point assessment.
The skills shortages facing construction firms in the UK has been well documented in recent times, with the issue being cited as one of the main barriers to the industry’s ability to successfully deliver cost effectively on future projects.
As The Manchester College prepares to be one of the host colleges for the 2017 WorldSkills UK Selection for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, its Principal, Lisa O’Loughlin, talks about hosting the selection of Team UK and the wider impact of competitions on enhancing apprenticeship and training programmes.