Skills Competition Wales

Skills Competition Wales consists of around 30 local skills competitions, funded by the Welsh Government and run by a dedicated network of colleges, work-based learning providers and employer-led organisations. Skills Competition Wales forms part of the Welsh Government’s Growth and Sustainable Jobs programme, and aims to raise the profile of skills in Wales.

Skills Competition Wales offers students, trainees and apprentices in Wales a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills by taking part in local competitions across a range of sectors. These skills competitions are free to enter and typically run throughout February and March each year.

Competitors are encouraged to progress and take part in WorldSkills UK competitions, where last year around 5,000 people took part. Skills Competition Wales gives learners the chance to excel in their chosen area, and can also provide the opportunity to take part in International WorldSkills competitions.


To register for Skills Competition Wales 2016 please click here.

Should you wish to find out more, please email

WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK is the name for the high quality skills competitions that are run annually throughout the UK. These competitions aim to encourage young people and adults across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to excel in their vocational skill area while raising participation, esteem and standards in apprenticeships and vocational training.

Covering sectors from engineering to IT, the arts to professional services, each skills competition has specific entry requirements to do with age, extent of work experience and/or skill level. In this way the competitions cover work roles from junior operative through to managerial, specialist and professional roles. Each competition requires competitors to complete a series of tasks to demonstrate the skills they have developed in their chosen field – skills that are essential to be successful in the workplace.

The 2011/12 competition cycle, which saw the inaugural Skills Show take place in November 2012, received over 5,000 registrations across 64 competitions in skills ranging from Beauty Therapy to Bricklaying.

The majority of WorldSkills UK National finals for the 2012/13 competition cycle were held at The Skills Show in Birmingham on 14-16 November 2013. 60 competitors from Wales took part, with 21 bringing home medals

In 2014, 67 Welsh competitors competed at the UK finals at The Skills Show. 26 returned home with gold, silver or bronze medals, and a further 13 were highly commended.

In 2015, 80 Welsh competitors competed at the UK finals at The Skills Show. 29 returned home with gold, silver or bronze medals, and a further 16were highly commended.

Outstanding competitors, aged 18-25, who excel in WorldSkills UK competitions could be invited to compete for a place in the team that represents the UK at WorldSkills, the biennial international skills competition.

The next international WorldSkills competition will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

To register for WorldSkills UK competitions, please visit

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