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“Road to Lyon” starts here as registration for WorldSkills UK’s 2022 competitions opens

Ben Blackledge, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, WorldSkills UK
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The possibility of being crowned the best in the UK and even representing their country on the international stage is a step closer for thousands of young people today (Monday) as registration for the WorldSkills UK 2022 competitions opens.

Students and apprentices have until 1 April to apply to compete in 63 different skill disciplines where they will battle it out against the best of the best from around the UK.

As well getting the chance to boost their skills, competitors also have the unique possibility of competing at the “international skills olympics” in France in 2024.

The competitions are a seven-month process including regional heats and intensive training before stepping up to the ultimate test of a national final in November.

Designed by industry experts, the competitions help young people grow personally and professionally by developing their technical and employability skills, as well as shining a light on the amazing skilled potential in the UK.

  • 97% of previous entrants say they improved their technical skills
  • 93% said they improved their personal and employability skills
  • 90% said they could apply the skills they developed.

As part of its commitment to deliver the high-quality skills needed now and in the future,  WorldSkills UK is launching an Industry 4.0 competition that focuses on designing systems fit for the future.

The new competition adds to an already impressive choice of disciplines across sectors including digital, creative, construction, health, hospitality, engineering and technology. Nine of the competitions are aimed at learners with special educational needs and disabilities, additional learning needs, or who need additional support for learning.

Following the success of taking the National Finals on the road in 2021, WorldSkills UK has confirmed that the 2022 finals will also be at a range of venues across the UK. Full details are yet to be confirmed, but the organisation says it expects to have inspirational events at venues in all nations of the UK in the week commencing 14 November.

WorldSkills UK says this will allow it to deliver showpiece events and give young people the opportunity to witness the spectacle and excitement of the finals in a venue near them. It also plans to bring the finals experience to many more people via special online broadcasts.

WorldSkills UK said it will also be hosting a live online awards show again this year. Last year the awards were presented by Steph McGovern from her Packed Lunch studio. While final details are also still to be confirmed, WorldSkills UK said it would be enhancing the interactive elements of last year’s event through live link ups with special parties at the final venues.  

WorldSkills UK Deputy CEO Ben Blackledge said:

“Taking part in WorldSkills UK competitions can be a life-changing experience. Our competition-based development programmes offer students and apprentices the opportunity to pit their skills against the best of the best in the UK and even on the global stage.

“We know that taking part in competitions boost young people’s personal skills, as well developing the skills that employers and the economy needs. I would encourage everyone to have a look at the many options available and register to take up this opportunity.

“We are particularly excited to confirm that we will taking the finals back on the road again in November. We will be building on the success of last year and will soon announce where the finals and showcase events will be taking place. We are also excited about the plans for the awards bash this year and will shortly share more details.”

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