WorldSkills Centre Of Excellence

Young people in Warwickshire and Leicestershire are set to benefit from a radical new approach to delivering high level skills following the induction of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) into the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence. Launched by WorldSkills UK in partnership with education and skills charity NCFE, the Centre of Excellence will mainstream world-class standards in skills development. NWSLC is one of just 20 colleges selected to participate in the first phase of the scheme.

Utilising NCFE’s expertise in curriculum development and drawing on its unique insights into global skills systems through its membership of WorldSkills, the global hub for skills excellence, WorldSkills UK will coach and mentor staff at NWSLC to embed world-class techniques in their teaching, learning and assessment practices. By creating a cadre of world-class educators, all students at NWSLC will benefit from the highest quality training.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC said, “We are delighted to have been selected to join the prestigious WorldSkills Centre of Excellence. The college has a strong track record in delivering excellence in our training and teaching programmes and we are looking forward to building on our expertise by working in partnership with WorldSkills UK and NCFE. The WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence will enhance our teaching and curriculum innovation and provide our students with a world-class skill set that will support their future success.”

Parisa Shirazi, Head of Skills Development and International Competition at WorldSkills UK said, “This is a milestone moment – a unique opportunity for NWSLC to work with colleges across the UK and join the dawn of a skills revolution.

“Working with the staff at NWSLC we will champion a skills-led recovery which is driven by international benchmarking and rightly values high-quality apprenticeships and technical education to enable all young people to develop the employability skills that will provide them with a rewarding future.”

In addition to its work with further education colleges throughout the UK, the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence will also play an important role in supporting the development of higher technical standards across qualifications and assessment development.