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Worldskills UK FAQs

WorldSkills UK Engineering – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where do I register for a competition?

You can register for WorldSkills UK Engineering competitions through the WorldSkills UK website; www.worldskillsuk.org/competitions.

When do registrations open for the 2020 competitions cycle?

Registrations for the 2020 WSUK Competition cycle open on Monday 2nd March 2020.

Where will I find out about WorldSkills UK Engineering national qualifiers?

You will be given options of which national qualifier event you wish to attend when you register.

How can I find out more details about individual competitions?

Each competition has a Competition Booklet, these are available on our Semta website or can be requested at WSUKEng@semta.org.uk.

What if I register then change my mind about competing?

If you register for a competition but can no longer attend please confirm by e-mail at WSUKEng@semta.org.uk  we can then allocate your place to another competitor.

Do I pay to enter WSUK National competitions?

WorldSkills UK competitions are free to enter but there are charges for failing to attend a live competition. Go to the Competition page that you are interested in and download the Competition rules.

What are the timescales for the competition cycle?

If you are interested in taking part in the 2020 WorldSkills UK competition, please be aware of the following timescales;

  • 1 March 2020 – Registration opens
  • 5 April 2020 – Registration closes
  • May – July 2020 – National Qualifiers take place
  • August 2020 – Results announced
  • November 2020 – National finals held at WorldSkills UK LIVE
  • December – February 2021 – Recruit National Qualifier hosts

What is the eligibility criteria to enter WorldSkills UK competitions?

Talented and skilled engineers who aspire to excellence should enter the WorldSkills UK competitions.  There is no age limit for a WorldSkills UK competition.  However, if a competitor is successful and goes onto the international WorldSkills competition – age restrictions will apply.

To enter a WorldSkills international competition, competitors must be;

  • Under the age of 23 on the first day of competition.

Exceptions to this are the Aircraft Maintenance and the Engineering Challenge competitions. To be eligible competitors must be under the age of 26 on the first day of competition. For further information about WorldSkills International Competitions visit www.worldskills.org.

I’m interested in competitions but I’m not quite ready to compete. Can I still get involved?

Yes. If you haven’t yet reached the level required to compete in national competitions, WorldSkills UK offers a suite of materials and advice to help and encourage training providers and schools to run their own preliminary competitions. Please visit www.worldskillsuk.org/competitions to download pre competition material.

How can I prepare for the national qualifiers?

WorldSkills UK offers a suite of materials and advice to help you prepare for regional and selection competitions. Please visit www.worldskillsuk.org/competitions to download pre-competition material.

How can I host a national qualifier?

If you would like to become one of our value WorldSkills UK Engineering regional competition hosts we would like to hear from you.

WorldSkills UK Engineering national qualifiers are delivered across the UK from May to July each year. If you would like to become one of our host centres in the 2020 competition cycle, please complete the host application form and return it to us by 1 December 2019.

Why should we get involved in competitions?

Skills competition activity is a great way to create real buzz in the classroom, workshop or workplace. Whether you host a competition or put forward a competitor, getting involved will motivate learners to improve their skills and help bring learning to life.

Benefits for competitors;

  • Raises your profile within your organisation
  • Showcases your talent, technical ability and hands-on skills
  • Gives you development opportunities through technical advice and training
  • Gives you the opportunity to celebrate your achievements
  • The opportunity to benchmark your skills against your peers from other regions and nations
  • Contribute towards the completion of the apprenticeship

Benefits for organisations

  • Raises your organisation’s profile as a competitive, visible employer
  • Builds your reputation as a responsible employer
  • Gives staff greater development opportunities through qualifications and training programmes
  • Motivates your workforce and improves professional recognition
  • Demonstrates expertise in your field
  • Contributes to the 20% off the job training requirement for apprenticeship standards and can be funded through the apprenticeship levy

We’re a busy college. Why should we enter our students?

WorldSkills UK national competitions provide opportunities for the country’s most talented young people to compete at their skill and show that they are the best of the best. By nurturing individual talent, you will be increasing the levels of teaching and learning across your college. This is great news when it comes to Ofsted reports and it will help your college to stand out from the rest.

I’m an employer. How will participating help my business?

For employers, WorldSkills UK national competitions not only help to drive up the quality in apprenticeships and vocational education, but they also motivate employees to achieve success.  Taking part in competitions demonstrates expertise in your field motivates your workforce and improves professional recognition. They give your staff greater development opportunities through qualifications and training programmes and they raise your profile as a competitive, visible employer.

Do I have to pay my own travel and accommodation to attend national qualifiers?

National qualifiers are where possible held in venues within a short travelling distance to competitors, therefore any additional travel costs should be met by the competitor, their college or their employer.  In some instances where competitors have been asked to travel to a selection event or regional heat further afield, reimbursement of costs may be considered, but please check with Semta, the organising partner prior to incurring these costs.

When / how will I find out my national qualifier results?

National qualifier results are issued within WSUK timelines, this is usually beginning of August.  Your results will be issued by e-mail, so please ensure your details are correct and that you check your e-mail regularly. You will receive a summary of your results detailing the overall score and the score for each task, this is called a Form 2. When you receive your results the e-mail will also confirm whether or not you have gained a place at the National Final.

Will I get any training before the National competition?

Semta are working closely with our sponsors and WorldSkills UK Training Managers to provide training to competitors prior to the National Final where appropriate and where budget allows, you will be notified by e-mail at the earliest opportunity if training is available.

When / Where does the National Final take place?

The National Final takes place at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT between the 21st and 23rd November 2019.  Competitors are requested to attend the NEC for pre-competition familiarisation on the 20th November 2019.

What is WorldSkills UK LIVE?

Attracting more than 75,000 visitors, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the nation’s largest skills and careers event that helps to shape the future of a new generation. It brings together business, government and education, representing a diverse range of sectors, from engineering and construction, business and IT, to hospitality and creative arts. The WorldSkills UK national finals are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE and play a vital role in raising standards, esteem and levels of expertise in further education, apprenticeships and skills. Click here to register your interest, if you would like to attend.

Do I need to pay for my own food during the National Final competition?

Catering facilities for competitors and competition delivery staff will be made available free of charge during the National Final competition. Please note employers, lecturers, friends and family will need to pay for food during WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Can I invite my family / employers / friends to the National Final?

Yes, WorldSkills UK LIVE is free to visit, visitors must register at; https://www.delegate.com/worldskills-uk-live/2019/display.php?view=2. Tickets for WorldSkills UK LIVE are free of charge.

How do I get tickets to the Closing Ceremony?

As a competitor you get automatic entry into the Closing Ceremony but you will need to register to obtain free tickets for friends, family or employers at; https://www.delegate.com/worldskills-uk-live/2019/display.php?view=2. Tickets for WorldSkills UK LIVE closing ceremony are free of charge

When do I find out my results from the National Final?

Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended winners from the National Final will be announced at the Closing Ceremony.

Individual overall results will be e-mailed within seven working days of the National Final; this will be using the Form 2.

Do I have to pay my own travel to attend the National Final?

Competitors must arrange and pay for their own travel, but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Do I have to pay my own accommodation to attend the National Final?

The organising partner (Semta) will arrange and pay for accommodation for all National Final competitors for the duration of the National Final at WorldSkills UK LIVE, this accommodation will be from Wednesday 20th November until Saturday 23rd November 2019, all competitors must check out of the hotel on the morning of Sunday 24th November. Details of your hotel will be sent via e-mail closer to the time.

If you require additional accommodation for employers, family and/or friends you must arrange and pay for this separately.

How do I claim travel expenses after the National Final?

You will be given an expense claim form, which you must complete and return within 30 days of the National Final detailing the expenses you have incurred and attaching all relevant receipts.

How long do expenses claims take to be paid?

Expenses usually take around 4 – 6 weeks to process, therefore please be patient.

Can I get into a WorldSkills International competition through entering a WorldSkills UK competition?

Many of the WorldSkills UK Competitions are used to select competitors into WorldSkills International competitions, but not all WorldSkills UK competitions lead to an International competition. Please check the details of your chosen competition for further information.

What will the WSUK National competition prepare you for?

Entering one of our WSUK national competitions is a perfect way to take yourself out of your comfort zone and test your skills against others across the UK. You will develop enhanced technical skills and learn how to work under pressure. Every participant will receive a certificate which can be added to your portfolio and will enhance your CV.

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