​​​​​​​WorldSkills UK: Message to FE Colleges

Skills competitions can bring many benefits to colleges, and now is an ideal time to participate.

What’s happening? Get involved.

WSUK’s 2019 skills competitions registration period runs 1 March - 5 April; the annual opportunity to nominate your strongest students and learners in over 60 sectors.

Find resources to develop competition practice here

Register students here

Between 5 and 7 March, WSUK will select Team UK – the young people who will represent the UK in international competition in over 30 skills at WorldSkills Kazan in August.  Visit one of six public skills showcases to see the Squad compete, meet previous participants and experts at:

  • Scotland – City of Glasgow College and New College Lanarkshire
  • Northern Ireland – South East Regional College
  • Wales – Wales Construction Innovation Centre
  • West Midlands – Dudley College
  • East Midlands – Nottingham College
  • Yorkshire and Humberside – York College

The value of skills competitions has been identified in Ofsted’s draft inspection FE and skills handbook, with competitions as one of the criteria for outstanding provision.

Include your support for skills competitions as a criterion for outstanding provision in your consultation response.

Who to contact?

Contact Nina Jassal for more information/to visit.

Why competitions? The benefits.

  • Improve retention and motivation through enhancing learning experiences
  • Strengthen employability skills, such as problem solving and resilience, alongside improving technical capabilities
  • Raise standards and progression opportunities, providing stretch and challenge and bringing the best of current industry practice into the curriculum
  • Enable significant numbers of learners to increase skill levels though embedding 
  • Provide a vital workforce development tool, advancing and upskilling teaching staff 
  • Raise college profiles, showcasing excellent provision and enhancing recruitment