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Please note competitions are now closed but you can register your interest in our 2020 competitions. Details about the 2020 competitions will be made available in October.

For information about the types of competitions, we run please see further details below. 

For further information please contact Enquiries@worldskillsuk.org.

 This is a UK competition  This competition can lead to WorldSkills

Engineering and Technology

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    Aeronautical Engineering: Avionic Aeronautical engineers maintain, repair, service, install and test components of aircrafts and aircraft systems.

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    Aeronautical Engineering: Mechanical Aeronautical engineers maintain, repair, service, install and test components of aircrafts and aircraft systems.

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    Automation Automation engineers build, maintain, repair and programme equipment control systems for the automation industry.

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    Automotive Body Repair Autobody Repair Technicians carry out repairs and replace damaged bodywork on all types of vehicles

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    Automotive Refinishing Automotive refinishers specialise in refinishing vehicles and panels to restore their appearance after accident damage

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    Automotive Technology Automotive Technicians service, maintain and repair vehicle mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

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    Building Information Modelling (BIM) BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle.

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    CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) Milling CNC programmer/machinists combine cutting edge design with computer programming and engineering skills to improve the efficiency and quality of today’s production finished products. From space craft to racing cars to games consoles they help design and manufacture tomorrow’s ideas.

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    CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) Turning CNC programmer/machinists combine cutting edge design with computer programming and engineering skills to improve the efficiency and quality of today’s production finished products.

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    Construction Metalwork Construction Metalworkers fabricate, assemble and join large and small metallic structures

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    Forensic Science Forensic scientists provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal and civil investigations. They are primarily concerned with examining contact trace material associated with crimes. This follows the principle that ‘every contact leaves a trace’ that will offer potential evidence to link a suspect with the scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon.

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    Heavy Vehicle Technology Heavy Vehicle Technicians service, maintain and repair heavy vehicle mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

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    Industrial Control Industrial Control Technicians control systems used in the industrial and infrastructure sectors.

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    Industrial Electronics Electronics Technicians manufacture and test electronic systems and equipment. They are also skilled at solving problems in electronic applications.

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    Laboratory Technician Laboratory technicians in science demonstrate technical competence in the use of complex instrumentation and laboratory equipment.

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    Manufacturing Team Challenge This competition involves engineers of different disciplines working together to produce a finished product.

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    Mechanical Engineering: CAD Designers and Technicians in mechanical engineering and manufacturing use computer aided design (CAD) software to develop ideas and produce designs and documentation, including product concepts, drawings, 3D models, and project management.

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    Mechatronics Mechatronics Engineers build, maintain, repair and programme equipment control systems for the automation industry.

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    Refrigeration The national SkillFRIDGE competition, organised by Datateam Business Media, allows students studying up to Level 3 RACHP to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a pressurised environment.

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    Robotics Mobile Robotics Engineers assemble, set-up, manage and maintain the mechanical systems within a mobile robot as well as install, operate and trouble-shoot mobile robot control systems.

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    Sheet Metalwork Technology Sheet Metalworkers transform a sheet of metal into lightweight structures for everyday use; for example, commercial kitchens in restaurants are almost entirely made from sheet metal.

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    Welding Welders join metals to make high strength joints. Welding is essential for manufacturing the things we use, including buildings, bridges, cars, aeroplanes, pipelines and power stations.

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    Inclusive Skills: Automotive technology Automotive Technicians service, maintain and repair vehicle mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

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    Inclusive Skills: Engineering Operations

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    Railway Infrastructure Engineering

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    Electronic Security Systems (new demonstration)

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Digital, Business and Creative

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    3D Digital Game Art Game developers create characters, objects and scenery in games. They paint textures and create wireframes to produce believable models. They draw, model, texture and animate, to different styles depending on the type of game.

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    Digital Media Production Producers are responsible for facilitating a project from beginning to end. They are involved in every stage of the television programme, film or video, overseeing the project from start to finish, both in the studio and on location.

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    Cloud Computing Define and implement a Cloud computing solutions using architectural design principles and technologies to meet the project goals.

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    Cyber Security The cyber security competition is based on a capture the flag theme, which enables students to progress through each task to gain points.

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    Fine Jewellery Making Jewellery designers design and often make jewellery using a variety of materials, including gold, silver and precious stones. They design and plan pieces that can have great sentimental significance or symbolic meaning and can be wearable or are decorative artefacts in their own right.

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    Graphic Design Graphic designers have the skills to design and handle images and text across a wide range of commercial contexts from print to digital and UX design, posters to motion graphics and animation.

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    IT Software Solutions for Business An IT Software Solutions Specialist uses Microsoft Office programmes to create documents and files such as presentations, graphs, and letters.

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    IT Support Technician An IT Support Technician operates on the frontline, repairing and configuring PCs, routers and networks.

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    Network Infrastructure Technician A Network Infrastructure Technician configures routers and switches to be able to send data around the world.

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    Network Systems Administrator A Network System Administrator looks after a network of servers and clients to run quick and efficiently in a network.

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    Web Design Web Designers use coding and software applications to design, construct and implement websites, using both creative and technical skills.

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    Inclusive Skills: Media This Competition assesses the competitors’ knowledge and skills in their ability to create, design and present a storyboard on a particular genre.

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    Inclusive Skills: Software Solutions for Business This competition assesses the skills and abilities of competitors using Microsoft software.

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    Financial Services Customer Adviser (new demonstration)

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    Accountancy Technician (new demonstration)
Health, Hospitality and Lifestyle

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    Beauty Therapy Practitioner (Beauty Therapy: Body) A Beauty Therapy Practitioner is a specialist in face and body treatments, make up and skincare advice.

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    Beauty Therapist (Beauty Therapy: Hands and Face) A Beauty Therapist is a specialist in face and body treatments, make up and skincare advice.

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    Butchery The butchery competition focuses on all the essential skills required for a successful career as a multi-skilled Butcher within the Food Manufacturing Industry.

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    Confectionery The competition focuses on the role and tasks of a Patissier/Confectioner.

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    Culinary Arts / Cooking Culinary Artists have a good knowledge of all aspects of a modern kitchen including basic butchery, fishmongery and bakery, along with good cookery and presentation skills.

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    Commercial Make-up Commercial Make-Up artists will be expected to demonstrate their skills as make-up artists within dynamic media environments.

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    Fitness Trainer: Personal Training Fitness Trainers provide safe and effective exercise and fitness programme design, instruction and assistance to help clients reach personal health and fitness goals.

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    Floristry A Florist designs and arranges flowers into bouquets and displays to the specifications of a client.

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    Hairdressing Hairdressers treat and care for clients’ hair. They give advice on the health of the hair and how it may enhance a client’s appearance and presence. They cut style, maintain and colour hair according to a client’s wishes.

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    Health and Social Care Social Care staff provides practical, social and emotional assistance for a wide range of vulnerable people.

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    Creative Media Make-up A Creative Media Make-up Artist applies full body make up, including postiche and prosthetics, for use in theatre and media production.

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    Nail Technician Nail technicians have creative flair for nail enhancements.

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    Restaurant Service Those working in the Restaurant Service industry are well rounded individuals who have a good knowledge of basic restaurant service skills, wine service and knowledge, bar skills and good presentation skills.

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    Inclusive Skills: Catering This competition will test competitor’s knowledge and skills in the following areas: health and safety, hygiene, knife skills, use of equipment, presentation skills and knowledge of flavour combinations.

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    Inclusive Skills: Fitness Instructor Fitness Instructors provide safe and effective exercise and fitness programme design, instruction and assistance to help clients reach personal health and fitness goals.

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    Inclusive Skills: Health & Social Care

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    Visual Merchandising Visual merchandising is a creative skill, working within the retail industry. Visual merchandisers work in retail stores and are responsible for presentation and organisation of product and the creation of displays, in both windows and in store.
Construction and Infrastructure

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    Bricklaying Bricklayers build the external fabric of buildings in bricks or concrete blocks, which will be load bearing or simply a decorative weatherproof cladding to steel or concrete framed buildings.

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    Carpentry A carpenter cuts, fits and assembles wood for building frameworks, doors, windows, flooring, stairs and paneling on both commercial and residential projects.

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    Electrical Installation Electricians maintain and install modern electrical systems such as, power, lighting, fire protection, security and structured cabling and the equipment they serve to ensure effective and efficient operation.

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    Furniture and Cabinet Making A cabinet maker is an expert in making furniture from timber to very high specifications.

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    Joinery A joiner works with timber to construct doors, windows, fitted furniture and other permanent fixtures within buildings. They will often prepare items in a workshop before going to the site to install the completed items.

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    Landscape Gardening Landscapers create, develop and maintain gardens and open spaces using either their own design or one supplied by a landscape architect or a customer. Association of Professional Landscapers are the competition organising partner.

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    Painting and Decorating A painter & decorator works with all fabrics and paints to a high finish, carrying out work to both internal and external of properties.

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    Plastering A plasterer uses both undercoat and finish plaster to the inside of properties they can also run up moulds for decorative areas such as ceiling and walls.

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    Plastering and Dry Wall Systems Plastering and drywall systems specialists install internal linings to buildings using lightweight steel frame systems, plasterboards and plaster products.

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    Plumbing Plumbers install complex cold / hot water, sanitation, heating systems and domestic fuel burning appliances such as gas, or other fuelled boilers, design systems and plan work activities.

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    Roof Slating and Tiling Competitors will be expected to undertake a specific project that will require them to demonstrate the skills that are essential requirements for today’s construction industry.

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    Stonemasonry Masonry is the craft of shaping rough pieces of rock into accurate geometrical shapes, at times simple, but some of considerable complexity and then arranging the resulting stones, often together with mortar to form structures.

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    Wall and Floor Tiling Wall and floor tilers decorate, enhance and protect finished buildings with tiles. Tiles may be made from many different materials such as terracotta, porcelain and natural stones including marble, as well as ceramics.

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    Inclusive Skills: Horticulture

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    Inclusive Skills: Woodworking
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