WorldSkills UK

WorldSkills UK is the name for the UK's premier set of skills competitions for young people and adults. They are run every year in around 60 skills competitions within five main sectors:

  • Built Environment
  • Cultural and Creative Arts
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology and Business Administration
  • Professional, Social, Public and Hospitality Services

WorldSkills UK competitions are run both regionally and nationally each year in the UK and aim to help lift standards of training and performance by promoting world-class skills and international competitiveness.

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. 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.

Are Skills Competition Wales and WorldSkills UK the same?

No. The Welsh Government supports WorldSkills UK by running Welsh skills competitions, but they are not the same. Welsh competitors are encouraged to progress and take part in WorldSkills UK competitions, but registering for Skills Competition Wales does not automatically register you for WorldSkills UK.

To register for WorldSkills UK competitions visit the WorldSkills UK website.

Who runs WorldSkills UK?

WorldSkills UK is managed by Find A Future and supported in Wales by the Welsh Government and its network of partners.

Competitions are organised by a variety of organisations including colleges, Sector Skills Councils, UK Skills and industry organisations, among others.

Find A Future is also responsible for the UK’s participation in international competitions.

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

The next WorldSkills International competition takes place in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

The Skills Show

The Skills Show is the UK’s biggest skills and careers event, and also features the finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions.

Held at the NEC Birmingham, The Skills Show is free to attend and plays host to a range of skills competitions, awards and activities. 

Visitors will be inspired by skills in action as the best of the nation’s young talent perform at the WorldSkills UK Competitions; they’ll have chance to have a go at new skills, get up to the minute careers advice, and access Apprenticeships and real job opportunities from employers to help them make that next important step!

Want to be part of the visitor experience? Click here to find out more about visiting The Skills Show.

Wales at The Skills Show

At The Skills Show in November 2015, Wales’ presence was led by the Welsh Government in partnership with CollegesWales and the National Training Federation for Wales. Members of the Skills Champions Network were also fundamental in co-ordinating a joint Wales effort and ensuring that everyone worked together in engaging our education, training and business networks with the stand and the wider event.

Welsh students, apprentices and trainees also showcased exceptional talents in a wide array of skills, through a highly visual and entertainment-led programme designed to inform and inspire visitors. And a range of Welsh education and skills providers gave visitors the opportunity to try out some of the skills they delivered on the Wales stand.

Welsh Competitors at The Skills Show

In 2015 over 80 finalists from across Wales competed at The Skills Show, in competitions as diverse as Hairdressing, Restaurant Service, Media Make-Up, Butchery, IT, Aromatherapy, Automotive Technology and Welding. Visitors to The Skills Show supported ‘Team Wales’ and watched these talented individuals in action, as they competed against the best in the UK to be crowned winners in their chosen skills. Wales brought home a total of 45 medals in 2015, and a lucky few may be chosen for Squad UK and the chance to compete at the next International World Skills event in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Age Eligibility

Competitors in UK WorldSkills competitions can be of any age, but at WorldSkills International competitors must be aged 18-22 (25 in some competitions).


To register for WorldSkills UK competitions visit the WorldSkills UK website.


Team Wales Hall of Fame, 2012

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