Squad UK, supporting organisations and families
When will EuroSkills take place?
WorldSkills Europe and the EuroSkills Graz 2020 Organising Committee have made the decision to postpone EuroSkills Graz 2020 to 2021 in light of the current restrictions in place. The event will now take place from 6 to 10 January 2021.
The decision to postpone EuroSkills 2020 to January 2021 was taken based on the following considerations:
- To safeguard the health of all involved and to contribute to the containment of COVID-19.
- To safeguard the interests of the competitors, training teams, experts, delegates, and of the WorldSkills Europe movement.
- The availability of the Competition venue (Messe Congress Graz) and taking into consideration the WorldSkills Europe and WorldSkills International calendars.
The new dates for EuroSkills give the health authorities, the Austrian Federal Ministry, the Government of the Province of Styria, the City of Graz, and all involved in the organisation of the event the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID–19 pandemic.
What does this mean for my skill and selection process?
We will be in touch with further information, once we have agreed how we (UK) wish to proceed with Training Managers affected by this change.
What precautions are WorldSkills UK taking to protect those in Squad UK?
We are taking extra precautionary measures to safeguard all participants involved in the WSUK Talent Development Programme and are reviewing government guidance on a daily basis. All face to face training activity has been suspended until the end of August and we are working with Training Managers to explore alternative arrangements where possible.
If I am unwell and miss out on training will this prevent me from progressing?
Your health and wellbeing is of paramount importance, pleases follow NHS guidelines. Your Training Manager will be asking you to train remotely wherever this is possible and appropriate. However, your progression will not be directly impacted by your absence from training and every effort will be made to make alternative training available to you to support your skill development activity.
How will I continue my training whilst I am in social isolation?
We understand that every skill is different, and it is very difficult to continue training when you have limited access to training space and equipment. We would ask that you keep in regular contact with your Training Manager, who is working on options for remote training activity over the coming months. Please be very clear with your Training Manager about any risks or challenges you may have with this.
How will you know that I am training safely at home?
Your Training Manager will work with you to complete a risk assessment for any high-risk training that they are asking you to complete at home. Please contact Chris Herron – Cherron@worldskillsuk.org – if you have any questions or concerns.
Is there anything else I can be doing to help with readiness for competition?
Please keep in touch and send your questions through to firstname.lastname@example.org . Look out for updates from the WorldSkills UK team and feel free to ask your Training Manager for advice on what you can be doing to develop your skills. We will also be offering a series of webinars hosted by our Coaches over the coming weeks.
I am worried about my son/ daughter participating in WSUK activities – what do I do?
Raise your concerns with the Training Manager for the skill, or alternatively, email the Competitions Team at email@example.com with your contact details and one of the Team will be in touch. You can also get in touch with our call centre on 0800 612 0742 (option 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the bootcamp still taking place, if not, what is WorldSkills UK going to do?
In response to the latest government advice, we are postponing both bootcamps scheduled to take place end of April and in June. In place of this, we are exploring a series of virtual workshops and information and joining instructions for these, will be emailed to you directly. In addition to the virtual workshops, we are looking at the possibility of arranging some extra bootcamp activity later in the cycle. We will contact you over the next two weeks by email to confirm these changes to the cycle schedule.