WorldSkills UK


WorldSkills UK is a portfolio of skills competition activity managed by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with organisations from industry and education. The competition activity comprises pre-vocational, national and international skills competition activities for both young people and adults.

WorldSkills UK is the UK’s premier set of skills competitions for young people and adults. World Skills UK competitions are held both regionally and nationally each year in the UK. Their main aim is to help raise the standards of training and performance at work by strengthening the contribution of skills competitions to the UK economy. The competitions are held across five main sectors:

  • Built Environment
  • Cultural and Creative Arts
  • Engineering
  • IT and Business Administration
  • Professional and Hospitality Services
  • Social and Professional Services.

We are proud to enter teams of our students in the regional heats and national competitions each year. UK finalists then take part in the WorldSkills International final every two years.

The College encourages students to get involved in the competitions as a valuable learning experience and also an opportunity to showcase their skills. Competitors receive help and support through all stages of the competition.

Outstanding WorldSkills UK National Finalists in some WorldSkills UK competitions may be considered for potential inclusion in a shortlist for the team that goes on to represent the UK at a WorldSkills Competition.

WorldSkills UK website

WorldSkills International – Leipzig 2013

WorldSkills International aims to raise the status and standards of vocational skills and training worldwide – in an innovative and forward looking way. WorldSkills International runs the WorldSkills Competition. It is the biggest skills competition in the world and is held every two years in one of its Member countries/regions. It sets world class standards in over 45 skill categories ranging from stonemasonry to web design.

Past Events

Weymouth College and WorldSkills London 2012

Past Weymouth College student, Chris Berridge, goes for Gold at the WorldSkills International London 2012.

Weymouth College at the WorldSkills 2009 in Calgary

Oliver Clack, was part of the UK team who competed in the WorldSkills 2009 finals in Calgary. At the time he was studying an NVQ Level 2 in Stonemasonry at Weymouth College.

Weymouth College’s Dorset Skills Centre chosen for WorldSkills stonemasonry team training

3 Students took part in a week’s training to recreating a stone carving from the 2007 WorldSkills competition in Japan.

Uniformed Services Challenge

8 Students from Year 2 of the BTEC National Diploma in Public Services at Weymouth College took part in the heats of the WorldSkills UK Uniformed Services competition.

Growing World Class Talent

WorldSkills UK have entered a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, showcasing the talents of previous medallion winners and this year’s entrants of the WorldSkills UK competition. Download the official garden entry leaflet.

Students serve up a WorldSkills performance

5 Students from Professional Cookery NVQ Level 2 and 3 competed at the WorldSkills heats at Bournemouth Catering Show on Tuesday 16th March and returned back home with 7 awards between them.

WorldSkills UK South West Champion is Sue Moore, Principal of Weymouth College: having attended the WorldSkills 2009 finals in Calgary with Weymouth College students Oliver Clack, Sue is now championing the WorldSkills 2011 event and preceding competitions across the South West of England.