National Skills Competition Week for schools and colleges

WorldSkills UK celebrates launch of The Skills Show with National Skills Competition Week for Schools & Colleges

To celebrate the launch of The Skills Show in 2017, WorldSkills UK in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company is hosting a National Skills Competition Week for schools and colleges from 25 to 29 September.

This is to demonstrate how competitions can help drive up standards and get students to aim higher in their career or job aspirations. The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

This year it takes place from 16 to 18 November at the NEC Birmingham. Bringing together the UK’s leading employers and educators, the show presents apprenticeships and training opportunities to help young people experience many careers in one place, raising their aspirations for getting the best start in work and life.
At the heart of The Skills Show, are the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions. Here the UK’s most talented apprentices and students compete in skills ranging from welding and cooking through to landscape gardening and cyber security and much more.

Winners become members of WorldSkills UK Squad and have the chance to be selected for Team UK representing the nation at the world’s largest international skills competition. Now you can use the buzz of the WorldSkills UK Competitions to run your own skills competitions and give your students insights into the world of work.
All the information and guidance you need is available in the WorldSkills UK Career Planning Toolkit, a free resource available to schools and colleges throughout England. The Toolkit uses the inspirational stories of past competitors from The Skills Show to show how apprenticeships and technical education can lead to prestigious careers.
If you don’t already have a Career Planning Toolkit you can register for one now by visiting

All the lessons in the Toolkit have elements of competition in them and here are some tips to getting started:

  • Discuss what it means to be competitive, how it comes in different guises and forms, and how it can benefit students (lesson 2).
  • Discuss stereotypes in the workplace, why they exist and how they can be overcome (lesson 6).
  • Use the Top Trades Cards in the Toolkit as a fun way of getting students to learn about the earning potential for different careers (lesson 6).
  • Help your students prepare for job applications and interviews by simulating the experience and seeing which student is successful (lesson 4).
  • Test your students’ knowledge of job profiles, apprenticeships and local labour market information (lesson 5).

To celebrate National Skills Competition Week WorldSkills UK is offering schools and colleges in England, the opportunity to win one of four prizes of £200 worth of Amazon vouchers. All you need to do to have a chance of winning is to tweet @worldskillsuk and using #GoFurtherFaster and include a photo from your competition activity.
Entries close at 17.00 hours Friday 6th October, and winners will be notified by Friday 13th October.
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