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About us

Who We Are

WorldSkills UK is all about improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life. But it takes more than words to achieve this; it’s what we do that works.

We help young people get off to the best start in work and life through experiential careers advice activities and access to guidance from peer role models. We engage thousands of young people in skills competitions right across the UK, where they improve their technical and employability skills to the highest possible national standard. Then we select the best in the UK and put them into an accelerated development programme to compete with the best in the rest of the world. We create medal winning, worldclass skills champions: young, confident role models, from all backgrounds, who go on to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

Our experience means we have the know-how to fast track the development of the skill set and mindset in young people that employers want and the economy needs. We can do this because we are a partnership between Governments, business and education. We collaborate to develop our home-grown skills, improve social mobility and drive up training standards to the highest level to help boost UK productivity and competitiveness

Ultimately we champion young people because they carry our future on their shoulders. Join us in helping more young people go further, faster in work and life. 

We achieve this through our three core programmes: Directions, Champions and Accelerate.

Find out more, read our Corporate Brochure and our Annual Review.

Key Partnerships

WorldSkills UK’s core funding comes from the Department for Education through the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

WorldSkills UK works closely with the Association of Colleges (AoC), the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC).

WorldSkills UK works with a wide range of education and skills organisations including employers, colleges, independent training providers, sector skills boards, and local and regional governments across the UK.

WorldSkills UK is a member of The 5% Club

WorldSkills UK is a patron of BAME Apprenticeship Alliance.