What is WorldSkills?

Stonemasonry students working with stones in the college workshops.

Founded in 1950, WorldSkills is an international movement and is the global hub for skills excellence and development with the vision to improve the world through the power of skills. It brings young learners and apprentices together, giving them the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice.

WorldSkills aims to raise the profile and recognition of skilled people, and show how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success.

Benefits and opportunities include:

  • Achievement and mastery of world-class skills.
  • Enhanced Personalised learner training and growth.
  • Reducing the skills shortage.
  • Increased productivity.
  • Raising standards in technical and vocational education.

What is the WorldSkills Academy?

Established in 2013, the WorldSkills Academy at City of Glasgow College has had outstanding success growing the WorldSkills programme from no involvement at all to National, European and International success. 

The Academy has achieved this success by supporting students to achieve the highest standards of skills excellence in WorldSkills competitions. Participation in WorldSkills has now become a significant part of the City of Glasgow College Strategic Plan, spanning a wide range of activities, stakeholders and outcomes. The College is widely recognised internationally as a premier college leading the way in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. To sustain and grow this level of success the WorldSkills Academy team now exercises day to day oversight of more than 50 staff including lecturers, trainers, skills experts (UK and international), coaches and consultants, covering around 30 skills areas.

This work based learning model of developing skills excellence is recognised as sector leading, informing, influencing and inspiring young people to participate in technical education and apprenticeships across Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.

WorldSkills Team City Values 

  • We are WorldSkills Team City.
  • We pack our own parachute.
  • High Performance is built on a strong winning, mindset team culture.
  • Performance is driven by global standards and best practice. 
  • We enjoy the experience.