Skills competitions give young people their competitive edge 

Skills competitions give young people their competitive edge 

The results are in: Skills competitions give young people their competitive edge 

Employers, colleges and training providers consistently tell us how skills competitions provide accelerated development for young people to achieve greater technical excellence in their skill. Our exciting new research in partnership with the Edge Foundation backs this up, in demonstrating how skills competitions are making a big difference to the prestige of apprenticeships and technical careers.

“In my day-to-day job I’m using technologies that I wouldn’t have even touched if I hadn’t done WorldSkills UK. The current system we use at work is a framework that I learnt about through WorldSkills UK training. I wouldn’t have even looked at the framework if I hadn’t had the motivation of the competition. It was only when I was put in that environment where I needed to learn things and compete against other people that I went away and learnt as much as I did about it.”
Alfie Hopkin, WorldSkills UK National Finalist in Web Design 2017
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Using Competition activity to support the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy

We are launching four new skills competitions, to support the UK Government’s drive to encourage more young people to consider a career working in new technologies.

At this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE, visitors will see the following competitions being demonstrated: Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Laboratory Technician and Rail Technician.

We are excited to be launching these new cutting-edge competitions in skills essential for our future economy, in collaboration with the following organisations:

  • National Academy of High Speed Rail (Rail Technician)
  • Glasgow Clyde College (Cyber Security)
  • University of West London (Cloud Computing)
  • Middlesex University (Laboratory Technician)

We are keen to develop our portfolio of skills competitions, in the areas that drive UK business. If you are interested then visit our website to find out more.

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“The Future of Construction is Manufacturing”As a partnership between business, governments across the UK and the education sector, we are bringing together key stakeholders to think about the future of skills in the context of Brexit.

This month we convened a Roundtable of employers, policy makers and trainers in the construction industry to address how new technologies are transforming the sector, and how the skillset of recruits can be developed to meet the changing needs of employers.

Outcomes from the discussion between organisations including BAM Nuttall, CITB, Morrisroe, Mace, Merlin Entertainments, Morgan Sindall Group, Kier, Dudley College, Youth Employment UK and the Department for Education, have been featured in a new five-point plan: “The Future of Construction is Manufacturing”.

“The construction industry still struggles to attract significant quality and quantity of young people because it still suffers from a mucky boots image. It is not seen as a high tech industry which it increasingly is. This is why the recommendations of this report are so important. I believe the points raised are key to making the change the industry needs and I look forward to being part of that change.” 
Colin Evison, Head of Innovation, BAM Nuttall
Watch our series of short videos to hear from participants at the Construction Roundtable. We are looking forward to more insights at our Engineering Roundtable and Youth Summit on 28 June. To follow the debate use #WSUKTalks.
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BMW tell you why you should exhibit at WorldSkills UK LIVE

Spaces are going fast to exhibit at WorldSkills UK LIVE 2018!
BMW is one of many leading businesses who are exhibiting again in 2018, having experienced the benefits in the past:

“Our main aim last year was to raise awareness of the opportunities available to young people within the BMW Retailer network, and especially for females working within the industry. We also see WorldSkills UK LIVE as an ideal opportunity to showcase our involvement in the wider motor industry to support apprenticeship opportunities. 

We have decided to exhibit again this year as we had an overwhelming response and interest during the event from young people, parents and teachers. We also found it to be a positive forum at which to change the public perception of the motor industry in being an exciting career opportunity.” 
Philip Neal, National Training Manger (Technical and Apprenticeships), BMW

BMW’s work with WorldSkills UK goes beyond exhibiting; it hosts the National Qualifiers for WorldSkills UK Competitions run in partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), supports competition activity by providing vehicles and equipment for competition activity, and enters its apprentices into competitions as “a motivational tool for our employees to become the best in our Industry.”
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Celebrating Women in Engineering

23 June was International Women in Engineering Day. Many of our female Skills Champions inspire others daily to follow in their footsteps as women in the Industry. Hear from Betsy Crosbie about how she started her career, her amazing journey competing in WorldSkills UK Mechanical Engineering: CAD Competition, and her continued involvement as a role model:

Hear from Skills Champion Betsy Crosbie
WorldSkills UK is all about helping young people go further, faster in their careers, gaining the skills that employers need most. We help young people from all backgrounds get the best start in work and life.
We achieve this through our three core programmes: DirectionsChampions and Accelerate.
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