About WorldSkills UK
WorldSkills UK is a four nations partnership between education, industry and UK governments. It is a world-class skills network acting as a catalyst for:
- raising standards, through international benchmarking and professional development
- championing future skills, through analysis of rapidly changing economic demand
- empowering young people, from all backgrounds, through competitions-based training and careers advocacy.
We are working to help the UK become a ‘skills economy’, boosting the prestige of technical and professional education by embedding world-class training standards across the UK to help drive investment, jobs and economic growth.
We’re a proud member of WorldSkills, a global movement of over 80 countries. WorldSkills supports young people across the world via competitions-based training, assessment and benchmarking, with members’ national teams ultimately testing their ability to achieve world-class standards in the biennial ‘skills olympics’. The insights we gain from training as part of this global network enables us to embed world-class training standards across the UK to help drive investment, jobs and economic growth.
Our vision – what we believe
We believe in the value and prestige of technical education and its potential to empower young people and drive growth.
Our mission – what we want
To embed world-class training standards across the UK to improve the quality of apprenticeships and technical education for the benefit of all young people and business.
Our brand values
We champion the benefits of high-quality apprenticeships and technical education and help more young people, whatever their background, develop their skills set and mindset to ever higher standards to get the best start in work and life.
We are ambitious and daring in the way we do things and communicate about them. We are flexible to allow for the challenges that an ever-changing economic and skills landscape brings.
As a progressive and passionate organisation, we see that our support makes a measurable difference. We help young people start out on the right path to reach their potential and we give UK employers a competitive edge by developing highly skilled employees.
Structure and governance
WorldSkills UK has a dynamic, hardworking staff team of circa 50 supported by a wider network of further technical experts and performance and wellbeing coaches. Our team is structured into four directorates and the Executive Office. Each directorate is led by a director, who together with the Chief of Staff (Company Secretary) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) form the Senior Leadership Team. WorldSkills UK is a registered charity with a Board of Trustees strategically overseeing its effective operation in conjunction with the CEO to ensure it meets its charitable objectives. The Board is made up of representatives of further education, skills and industry ensuring that the organisation’s activities are firmly representative of the audiences and target groups it serves in its work.
Our approach to equity, diversity and inclusion
At WorldSkills UK we value equity, diversity and inclusion and recognise that it is critical to our success.
We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all who work with us and strongly encourage applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital and civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.
As a member of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee interviews to all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies and are committed to making reasonable adjustments at all stages of the recruitment process to enable candidates to perform to the best of their ability.