WorldSkills UK has taken the decision to postpone WorldSkills UK LIVE until 18-20 November 2021. The intention is to return to the NEC “stronger than ever” for those dates.

Further, after consultation with partners and in light of the ongoing uncertainty, WorldSkills UK will not be running the usual national competition cycle in 2020, including the national final, due to safety concerns.

It aims however to refocus the UK’s largest skills and careers event to bring together employers, education, young people and parents, to provide more careers advice, workshops, masterclasses and hands-on support to equip over 70,000 attendees to plan for the future and develop more digital outreach so more young people from across the UK can benefit.

WorldSkills UK remains committed to reaching and impacting as many young people as possible this year. So it has developed new digital projects that will provide educators and young people with access to world class training that is usually only available to Team UK. It is also creating new resources designed to help educators harness the training methods used in competitions to help more young people develop higher quality skills. We aim to reach over 80,000 young people across the UK through these activities. 

WorldSkills UK is focused on the need to support the ambitions of the UK Secretary of State for Education and the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise standards in technical education over the longer term and help build systems that respond to the needs of the economy, while enabling students and apprentices to gain skills at higher technical levels and pursue fulfilling careers.

More information is available on the WorldSkills UK website. A further update will be provided in October.

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