Skills Competitions

WorldSkills UK is a framework of regional and national skills competitions delivered each year across the UK for young people and adults. The competitions are used as a mechanism to showcase excellence to help lift standards of training and performance, promoting world class skills and international competitiveness.

It is even more important to raise the awareness of these competitions within Wales as the UK is hosting WorldSkills in 2011.

Those visitors attending skillscymru on Thursday had a great opportunity to see two skills competitions in action. On the Friday and Saturday these competition areas were transformed into ‘Have a Go’ stands so visitors could try the skills for themselves.

Groundwork Wales

The Thursday Competition

This competition is the live final of the Environmental Regeneration Skills Competition. Six teams of people from across Wales designed and built a horticultural project. The teams were tested on their horticultural, construction and team working skills. Visitors were able to watch the teams as they worked.

The Friday and Saturday Activities
Welcoming representatives from both Lantra and Techniquest the stand hosted countryside skills and crafts, sustainable energy and science activities and an environmental artist who created artwork using recycled materials.

UK Master Fitter National Final Competition

The Thursday Competition
The UK Master Fitter competition was designed to find the UK's best automotive glazing technician. Finalists from across the UK competed in this live final to find the overall winner to represent the UK at the international competition in Dusseldorf at the end of September.

Six finalists worked on six vehicles under the watchful eye of six judges and a lead judge under strict competition conditions.

The Friday and Saturday Activities
Welcoming representatives from ProSkills, Trico, Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University the stand featured stained glass techniques including design, artwork, and cutting. Visitors had the chance to join a 15 minute workshop to produce their own glass badge, brooch or key ring. Other activities included getting the chance to use a printing press that demonstrates high technology manufacturing without even getting their hands dirty!