The WorldSkills UK competitions are designed by industry experts and are free to enter. Each successful entrant that makes it through the national qualifiers, taking place between April and June 2020, will represent the UK’s engineering industry in the national finals at WorldSkills UK Live, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham. Attracting over 70,000 visitors, WorldSkills UK Live is the country’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, and takes place on 19-21 November.
Ben Blackledge, deputy chief executive, WorldSkills UK, says: “We are looking for apprentices and students who are training in the engineering industry to demonstrate their skills and show why they are the best in the UK. Our competitions are proven to enhance a young person’s technical skills and employability, giving them the confidence to excel in their chosen career.”
Celebrating the best of UK talent, national and even global recognition could await entrants as WorldSkills UK will invite those apprentices and students who excel in the 2020 competitions to join its talent development programme for the international WorldSkills Competition in 2023. Known as the ‘Skills Olympics’, WorldSkills takes place every two years and sees over 1,000 apprentices and students compete with the aim of being named the world’s best.