FE News catch up with Simon Bartley on his first day in his new role as WorldSkills International President. Although he has been in the post for less than a day, he takes time out to chat with us about the importance of skills competitions and how they raise the standards of skills across the globe.Mr Bartley discusses on his plans for WorldSkills, the ongoing legacy of the competition to improve individual countries skills base and awareness. Mr Bartley discusses the importance of Skills competition and how the competition raises the perception of vocational skills, he goes onto explain that International competitions enable the subject matter experts from across the World to share best practice and improve teaching of their subject areas - which then enable the subject matter specialist to work together to raise all of the World's skills base through the sharing of best practice and competition. Click on the video below to hear his plans for WorldSkills and the importance of interntional competitions : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfxQEUQh5bU
Each member of Team UK for WorldSkills London 2011, the world's largest international vocational skills competition, completes an intensive training programme managed by a dedicated Training Manager in the lead up to the competition, which takes place at ExCeL London (5-8 October). Team UK CNC Turning competitor Phillip Spowart, employed by Rolls Royce Derby, is trained by Paul Green, engineering lecturer at Yale College, Wrexham, North Wales. Paul Green writes:
Each member of Team UK for WorldSkills London 2011, the world's largest international vocational skills competition, completes an intensive training programme managed by a dedicated Training Manager in the lead up to the competition, which takes place at ExCeL London (5-8 October). John O'Neill, deputy head of computing and IT, Barnfield College believes that WorldSkills Competitions are essential to help create a sustainable future for the UK's IT Networking industry. John O'Neill writes:
A changing economic landscape and the introduction of new technologies is transforming the construction industry in the UK. The FE sector knows this will have huge implications for skills training and development going forwards, but how can we ensure that we are fully preparing apprentices for these changes and does this mean we should be switching focus away from traditional trades?