WorldSkills UK Competitions
Posted : 14th November 2013
WorldSkills UK has a portfolio of up to 70 skills competitions designed by leading industry experts and training providers and are aimed at students, trainees and employees. Semta is responsible for the engineering competitions which help raise the profile of industry careers.
WorldSkills UK Engineering 2013
Competitors from the 2013 heats and selections will then battle it out to be crowned the best in the UK at their chosen skill – from CNC Milling and mobile robotics to Aeronautical Engineering - at WorldSkills UK, The Skills Show, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham from the 14th - 16th November 2013. To find out more visit http://worldskillsuk.apprenticeships.org.uk/the-skills-show.
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Highlights from 2012 WorldSkills UK at The Skills Show
At the 2012 skills show, Semta managed the delivery of 12 engineering competitions in the following categories:
- Aeronautical Engineering (Avionic)
- Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)
- CNC Milling
- CNC Turning
- Industrial Electronics
- Mechanical Engineering: CAD
- Mobile Robotics
- Construction MetalWork
- Sheet MetalWork
Across these 12 competitions, 82 young apprentices and students who had won a place at the finals through regional and selection events where 425 competitors competed battled it out to win Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
The three days of competition at WorldSkills UK attracted over 70,000 people, with 72% of young visitors stating they were more interested in pursuing vocational education after visiting the event.
Sponsoring and supporting organisations included FESTO, Autodesk, RAF, Royal Navy, QinetiQ, MBDA Missiles and many more. There were also a range of FE and HE competition supporters and sponsors including Coleg Llandrillo, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, Northern Regional College, NI, City of Bristol College, Motherwell College and Middlesex University.
The National Final winners came from employers including BAE, QinetiQ, and MBDA and also from FE including Motherwell College and Reading College.
How to Get Involved in 2013
Host a competition
Skills competition activity is a great way for teachers, lecturers and training providers to create a real buzz in the classroom, workshop or workplace and to motivate learners to constantly improve their skills. Once learners see what they are capable of, their confidence will grow and they’ll want to achieve more, increasing their employability skills and helping them to advance further in their careers.
It’s not only individual learners who will benefit from having skills competition activity embedded within the curriculum and training programmes. By nurturing individual talent, you will be helping to increase the overall levels of attainment within your organisation, and raise the quality of teaching within your school, college or training facility which is good news when it comes to your OFSTED inspection.
To host a WorldSkills UK Engineering competition please email Joanne O’Brien or call her on 01740 627024.
Visit a regional competition
Regional heats will take place across the UK between May and July 2013. For details please email Joanne O’Brien or call her on 01740 627024. Please note most competitions require prior notice of attendance due to security.
Attend WorldSkills UK, The Skills Show 2013
The Skills Show will welcome over 100,000 students and members of the public who will be able to view the competitions, take part in ‘Have a Go’ activity and watch the entertaining and highly visual ‘skills showcases’.
The Show will begin with an inspiring Opening Ceremony on the evening of 13th November and close with a celebration of the competitors’ achievements on the evening of the 16th November 2013. Both events will take place within the LG Arena at the NEC, Birmingham. Tickets will be available free from the end of July 2013, please register early to avoid disappointment at http://worldskillsuk.apprenticeships.org.uk/the-skills-show.
Please click here for information on Skills Show briefing sessions taking place in May and June around the regions. The sessions will cover the exciting plans for The Skills Show in 2013 and the package of funding and support available to local partnerships in 2013 and 2014.
Propose a New competition
Maybe the engineering competitions on offer are not covering the skills in your particular industry or trade? If you would like to propose a new WorldSkills UK competition please let us know.
New competitions can be added to the engineering portfolio at the beginning of a new cycle. Proposed competitions will be assessed on the level of support from industry, in terms of potential competitor numbers (based on the size of the associated industry), and also the financial and expert support that can be offered.
If you would like to propose a new competition outside of engineering and manufacturing, please contact WorldSkills UK directly at e-mail:email@example.com or call on +44 (0)800 612 0742.
Click on the links below to see who is representing manufacturing and engineering.
Alastair Wilson, Doosan Power Systems, welding
Ben Tullett, RAF, aircraft maintenance
Ben Anderson, MotorSport Advanced Development, CNC turning
Benjamin Shaw, The University of Nottingham, CNC milling
Andrew Craig, P&D Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD
James Overend, Emerson Climate Technologies, mechatronics
David Cargill, Schrader Electronics, mechatronics
Matt Page, KMF Precision Sheet Metal Ltd, sheet metal technology
And competing in the Manufacturing Team Challenge
Andrew Maguire, Carnaud Metalbox Engineering
Daniel Gebhard, Carnaud Metalbox Engineering
George Moffat, Carnaud Metalbox Engineering
To see photos and films – please visit www.worldskillsuk.org