Ben Blackledge, the Deputy Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK, the charity charged with generating advanced skills to help rebuild the economy, today unveiled its new digital offering as it continues to focus on inspiring, developing and mainstreaming excellence in skills for young people across the UK.

WorldSkills UK LIVE online will consist of careers guidance, thought-leadership activity and the celebration of diverse, inspirational role models all delivered virtually.  It is part of the charity’s pledge to boost innovation and excellence in training to support more young people, from all walks of life, to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships.

Ben Blackledge, the Deputy Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: 

“We know that young people are being disproportionally impacted by this pandemic which is why earlier this year we set out our commitment to digitise our offering.  Today’s announcement further builds on that commitment and will enable us to support more and more young people to achieve higher standards.

“WorldSkills UK LIVE online is part of our ambition to lead the way in inspiring and developing world-class skills and tackle vocational snobbery head on.  We want to help create more prestige for apprenticeships and technical qualifications to boost career aspirations as we know that highly skilled, motivated young people will be crucial to the economic recovery of the UK.”  

Kicking off WorldSkills UK LIVE online are the Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards, in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners.  Now open for entries, the awards honour individuals who are going above and beyond, inspiring excellence by championing diversity and inclusion with their organisations and the wider technical education sector.  The winners will be celebrated in a glittering virtual ceremony in January. 

Taking place from 11 – 12 November, the WorldSkills UK LIVE online:  International Skills Summit will bring together leaders in industry and education to explore how global standards of excellence can be mainstreamed in skills policy and practice across the UK to engage young people in apprenticeships and technical education.

Recreating a favourite from WorldSkills UK LIVE, which is postponed until 2021, the WorldSkills UK LIVE online:  Spotlight Talks on Careers, Apprenticeships and Excellence in partnership with BAE Systems will take place from 26-28 November.  It will feature inspirational speakers including Nadiya Hussain from The Great British Bake Off, the UK’s leading employers and apprentices and careers advisers to inspire and support young people to confidently take the next step on their career ladder.

In addition to WorldSkills UK LIVE online, WorldSkills UK last week announced the FE Colleges who will be part of the first year of the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence which is being run in partnership with NCFE.  Preparations continue for the UK’s participation in EuroSkills Graz 2021 and WorldSkills Shanghai 2021.  WorldSkills UK is also working with its partnership network of employers, colleges and training providers to review its national competitions and strengthen their quality, reach and impact to give young people the opportunity to develop skills excellence to help them better succeed in work and life.

To register to take part in WorldSkills UK LIVE online.

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