Welcome return of WorldSkills Competitions

WorldSkills UK national competitions have returned for 2021.

Students and apprentices can now register for over 60 different skills competitions, with competition heats and qualifiers being assessed remotely, and finals taking place virtually across the country in the autumn.

Margaret Darroch, Head of the WorldSkills Academy at City of Glasgow College, said:

“It’s fantastic to have the national competitions back after being missed so much last year. Our college currently has 97 competitors registered across 19 skills areas, which is a very encouraging number.

“The main challenge for our online training programme is keeping students and apprentices engaged and motivated. But I’ve been blown away by the creativity of our trainers, competitors and supporters who moved a significant part of the training online. This means we can continue to help our students and apprentices develop the high quality technical and mindset skills that employers need.

Qualifiers for the national competition will take place from May until July. The college also has six competitors in Squad UK training for WorldSkills Shanghai. These ‘Skills Olympics’ were postponed in 2020 and are now due to go ahead in October 2022.

International pressure tests for Shanghai are taking place at the college’s City campus from 20 to 25 May for wall and floor tiling, plastering and drywall, plumbing and heating skills, and from 20 to 23 July for visual merchandising. The tests see the students compete in virtual training sessions and assessments against their peers from other countries - and are streamed live on WorldSkills UK.

“This is an opportunity for international training and development programmes to be opened up to teachers and trainers with the knowledge to embed world-class standards into the mainstream curriculum,” explained Margaret.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, and Ambassador for WorldSkills in Scotland said:

“I firmly believe that WorldSkills’ competitions help improve skills levels, and they will undoubtedly play a key role in supporting the real life skills which employers will need for the economic recovery post Covid-19. Given the ongoing pandemic it is encouraging to see both staff and students rise to the challenge of rigorous training within the necessary Coronavirus restrictions.”

Designed by industry experts, the competitions assess an individual’s employability attributes against set criteria in a competitive timed environment. Those who excel in the national qualifiers will be invited to take part in the national finals, which will take place online across the country. Winners will crowned the UK’s best in their chosen skill at a national virtual celebration event.

WorldSkills UK competitions are open for registration from 19 April to 14 May. Visit our website for information on how to get involved in WorldSkills at City of Glasgow College.