WorldSkills UK

Student competes at the WorldSkills UK Skills Show in Birmingham

What is WorldSkills UK?

A world of opportunities and chances to succeed

WorldSkills UK Competitions bring together apprentices and young people from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill. High-level employability skills that employers are crying out for.

They inspire next generations to be ambitious in their pursuit of excellence while equipping them with life-long, world class skills. These talented individuals will be key in helping UK businesses compete on the global stage and raise standards to an international level. Inspiring apprentices to be ambitious in their careers, WorldSkills UK Competitions equip young people with the right skills to help UK businesses compete better globally.

WorldSkills UK Competitions bring together apprentices and students from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill.

Designed by industry experts, the competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria.

Competitions enable apprentices and students to develop world-class skills. They accelerate a person’s career by providing a mechanism to develop the 

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). 

Latest Announcements

Read the latest announcements from Team UK:

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 compete 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

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