Fast Track their Future

Register students and apprentices for WorldSkills UK Competitions now

Registration for WorldSkills UK Competitions 2018 is now open!

Enter your apprentices and students between 1 March and 7 April 2018, to take part.

In a recent survey, over 95% of competitors believed that taking part in WorldSkills UK Competitions improved their technical and employability skills.

“Taking part in WorldSkills UK Competitions enhanced my training and now I can say I am one of the best young car painters in the world, not many can say that.” 
Daryl Head, Silver Medal, Car Painting, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Thatcham Research Automotive Academy and Nationwide Repairs

For the last 65 years, WorldSkills UK Competitions have been helping young people from all backgrounds to Go Further, Faster, in their training and careers.

Competitions run in over 50 skill areas, in partnership with industry and educational organisations.  Students and apprentices compete against other like-minded individuals in a skill of their choosing. Each competition presents a series of tests, designed by industry experts, which focus on the highest UK and International standards. We are increasing the number of Inclusive Skills Competitions this year, and entries for these are also open 1 March-7 April 2018.

Register your competitors by 7 April to take part in the National Qualifiers, held at colleges and workplaces all over the UK.

Spread the word now to help all apprentices and learners to get the opportunity to participate. This online Communications Toolkit contains resources and activities to help you publicise WorldSkills UK Competitions, including a bespoke Leaflet for colleges and training providers and a Leaflet for employers.


Successful competitors who reach the finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions will battle it out to win Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals at The Skills Show, 15-17 November 2018 at the NEC Birmingham. The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and experiential careers event.If successful in the WorldSkills UK National Finals 2018, age and skill-eligible participants could be invited back to represent the UK in international competitions.  WorldSkills UK Competitions 2018 form part of the selection process for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 – don’t miss out, enter now.


  • Showcase your apprentices’ and students’ skills and benchmark against other businesses and colleges.
  • Demonstrate to Ofsted you are meeting the common inspection standards by using competition activity to deliver high quality training and assessments.
  • Develop a training programme or curriculum which meets apprenticeship standards.
  • Use the Apprenticeship Levy to support apprentices’ involvement in WorldSkills UK Competitions. Participation in WorldSkills UK Competitions can also contribute to meeting the requirement of 20% off the job training for apprentices. Read our practical step-by-step Guide to support you in embedding competition activity in your apprenticeship programme.

“Not only will the competition experience help the young person, but it’s a great way to promote your organisation and demonstrate your commitment to skills excellence. Be recognised for excellence!”
Rona Griffiths, Deputy Director Learner Experience and Enterprise, Coleg Cambria

“The WorldSkills UK Competitions are a fantastic initiative that incentivises and rewards aspiring apprentices and trainees – the industry’s standard bearers and potential leaders of tomorrow – in pursuit of excellence.” 
David Dunn, Director, Toshiba

Empower your apprentices and students and fast track their future by entering them at

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