We are supporting a campaign led by FE Week for the UK to host the global skills competition, WorldSkills in the year 2027.

WorldSkills features over 1,000 of the world’s most talented apprentices and students competing in over 50 different skills as they battle it out to be named the world champion in their chosen skill.

Why are we backing the bid?

We really believe that this will help to create a stronger economic future for young people. If successful, the WorldSkills competition would showcase the UK’s commitment to high quality skills development to businesses, education leaders and ministers from all over the world.

Competitions are an important part of what we do! Just last year, we triumphed at the national finals of WorldSkills UK LIVE winning five Gold medals, six Silver and three Bronze medals overall. In addition, three students and alumni have been offered the chance to represent the UK on the world’s stage following their selection for Squad UK as part of the international WorldSkills competition in Shanghai in 2021.

“I am really enjoying being part of the WorldSkills family and have already started my bootcamp training that is preparing me to compete in Shanghai in 2021. I am meeting peers from across the UK and learning new techniques from industry experts that are really going to boost my experience and improve my CV. It would be fantastic to see this competition hosted by UK because it would raise the profile of skills like mine and showcase the talents of young people.”
Chloe Lloyd-Hughes, former student and Nuneaton chef who is due to compete in the culinary arts category for a place in Team UK.

Chloe Lloyd Hughes

Chloe Lloyd Hughes

“Hosting the international WorldSkills competition would enable the UK to benefit from global best practice, research and insight heralding a step-change in commitment to the UK government’s ambition to deliver world class standards in technical education.”
Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, who is also deputy chair and trustee of WorldSkills UK.

“I never thought that I would have an opportunity like this and bringing WorldSkills to the UK could potentially provide so many chances for other young people to develop top quality skills and gain access to really amazing careers.”
Ellie Ruff, 17 from Nuneaton, a student of graphic design at the college’s creative arts Hinckley Campus, is competing for a place in the visual merchandising team.

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