WorldSkills UK

City of Glasgow College student competing at the WorldSkills UK Skills Show

What is WorldSkills UK?

WorldSkills is the global hub for skills excellence and development, raising the profile and recognition of skilled professionals, and showcasing the importance of skills in achieving economic growth and personal success.  

Set up in 1950, the WorldSkills movement represents more than 45 skills in 72 member countries and regionals. WorldSkills has been described as "the Olympic Games of Skills" and as such, competitors are trained, coached and prepared for skills competitions at regional, national and international level.

City of Glasgow College has recognised the huge value of this competition to our students and apprentices and has developed a WorldSkills Training Academy to support students as they progress along the Worldskills and Learner Journey. 

Our WorldSkills Academy provides inspiring an innovative work-based learning through enhanced skills development programme.  A "winning mindset" culture is embedded alongside associated behaviours to help our competitors become the best in the UK, and on the world stage.

The Academy thereby helps to shape and transform Scotland's young workforce.  Working in partnership with employers, the Academy aims to equip every one of our learners and apprentices with the hard and soft kills required for success in the world of work.

What do WorldSkills Competitions involve?

Each competition is a series of tests, designed by industry experts, which focus on the highest UK and international standards.

Competitions are designed to test a competitor's knowledge, practical skills and attributes valued by employers including: successful completion of tasks set, problem-solving, time management and working under pressure.

Competitors are marked against a rigorous framework that meets the WorldSkills UK quality assurance standards. 

There are over 60 different WorldSkills skills competition taking place each year with competitors aiming to be named the UK Champion in their chosen skill.

Outstanding competitors, aged 18 - 25, who excel in WorldSkills UK Competitions will be invited to compete for a place in the team that represents the UK at WorldSkills; the biennial international skills competition.

Learners and apprentices can register to take part in the Worldskills UK National Competitions from 1 March 2017 (find out how to register your students in the section at the end of this article). 

Further Information

Visit the WorldSkills UK website for more information.

If you require further information regarding WorldSkills UK activities at City of Glasgow College, please contact:

Margaret Darroch
Head of Skills Academy and Development
Telephone: 0141 375 5272
Email: OR

Register Your Raising Stars for WorldSkills UK

We’re calling on you to register your competitors to take part in the new cycle of the nation’s largest skills competitions.

From Wednesday 1st march 2017, training providers and colleges will have the opportunity to register their students with WorldSkills UK for a chance to complete at regional, national and international competitions in their chosen skill.

WorldSkills UK Competitions are proven to develop employability skills and accelerate a young person’s career, and provide materials and activities you can embed into curriculum programmes.

Empower Your Students:

Registering your students with WorldSkills UK is completely free.

The Skills Competitions continue to provide a cost effective way of:
1.    Empowering your students to work efficiently under pressure.
2.    Building their confidence and self-belief.
3.    Raising their skill level and standards to an international level.
4.    Boosting a young learner’s employability.

How could the Apprenticeship Levy impact you? 

Apprenticeship levy funds can be used to pay for training, education and assessment, including participation in a skills competition, which directly contributes to achieving the apprenticeship standard if agreed by the employer / college / provider.

Get Involved:

From Wednesday 1st March 2017, online registration will open at and will close on Tuesday 7th April.

If you know of a young raising star that would thrive at skills competitions and proudly represent your college on the international state, sign up here before Tuesday 7th April.

For more information about the competitions, visit the WorldSkills UK website. You can also find out more about our student competitors here.