International Programme Squad UK

International Programme Squad UK

To achieve international success, WorldSkills UK needs to select the best of the best from the UK’s top apprentices and learners.

Those selected to train for international competitions are put through a rigorous accelerated development programme designed by Experts. Each individual is required to meet a series of international benchmarks in order to progress to the next stage of training.  

WorldSkills research shows that whatever stage of the development programme an individual reaches, the training they complete is hugely beneficial to their apprenticeship or training programme and the development of their employability skills.
City of Glasgow College Competitors in Squad UK.

Mark Scott

Name: Mark Scott
Skill: Wall and Floor Tiling
Trainer: Robert Hammond
Employer: JMcGoldrick & Sons Ltd

What is your favourite thing about WorldSkills: WorldSkills has helped improve my knowledge understanding of my skill area while allowing me to visit new places and meet new people.

Nicolle-Finnie

Name: Nicolle Finnie
Skill: Culinary Arts
Trainer: Gary MacLean
Employer: Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles

What is your favourite thing about WorldSkills: WorldSkills has helped improve my knowledge understanding of my skill area while allowing me to visit new places and meet new people.

WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers

Apprentices and learners register to take part in the WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers which are run in partnership with Competition Organising Partners. These qualifiers take place throughout the UK. Successful entrants are invited to take part in the Nationals Finals, held each year at The Skills Show. Registrations for the National Qualifiers open from 1 March until 7 April each year.

The Skills Show

Age and skill eligible competitors who excel in the National Finals, held at The Skills Show, are invited to join the training programme for international competitions and begin training as Squad UK.

 

 

Squad UK Training

Supported by their employer and training provider, members of Squad UK follow a challenging training programme that is designed by WorldSkills UK Experts and is based on the international WorldSkills Standards.

 

 

The competitors also follow a similar programme to that of the UK’s top athletes. This training focuses on developing their key attributes including problem solving, teamwork and leadership, all of which are essential to developing a medal-winning performance.  

EuroSkills and WorldSkills

Members of Squad UK compete at Euroskills before rejoining the Squad UK training programme working towards selection for WorldSkills.

  • Budapest, Hungary 2018
  • Kazan, Russia 2019
  • Graz, Austria 2020
  • Shanghai, China 2021

 

 

Team UK Selection, 28 March to 1 April

Designed to replicate the challenging conditions faced by competitors at the WorldSkills Competitions, the Team UK Selection process takes place over four days.  During the selection process, members of Squad UK compete against each other for the one place to represent their skill in Team UK.

Team UK training

Members of Team UK continue with their development programme supported by their Expert, Employer and Training Provider. This training focuses on the refinement and development of an individual’s higher level skills.  

WorldSkills UK Champions

All members of Squad and Team UK are invited to join the Skills Champions programme, a network of inspiring young professionals who promote the work of WorldSkills UK to young people and businesses.