UK squad announced for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Over 100 young people have been selected to represent the United Kingdom at the WorldSkills event in 2017, after an announcement by business secretary Sajid Javid at the closing ceremony of the Skills Show in Birmingham.


Incredible honour

Hundreds of apprentices and FE learners competed for the chance to represent their country at the WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions at The Skills Show in Birmingham over the weekend.

The competitors took part in the competitions over three days, demonstrating their skills and knowledge in front of an audience of 75,000 people.


Fantastic event for apprentices

Held every two years, the WorldSkills international competition sees around 1000 young people, aged 18 to 25, from all over the world, come together to compete for medals in more than 40 different skills, including:

  • Electrical installation
  • Welding
  • Web design
  • Cooking
  • Bricklaying

‘‘The young people who have earned a place on Squad UK are worthy ambassadors and demonstrate how high quality apprenticeships and technical training can be a fast-track to a top career,’’ said Sajid Javid, the government’s business secretary.

‘‘I congratulate each and every member of Squad UK and look forward to hearing about their preparations for 2017’s competition in Abu Dhabi.’’


Building on previous success

Members of Squad UK will now participate in a training and development programme which will include the selection of Team UK ahead of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

This year’s WorldSkills Event proved a success, with Team GB three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at WorldSkills São Paulo which took place in August 2015. At this competition the UK was also awarded 24 Medallions of Excellence, given to those competitors in Team UK who reached the world class standard in their skill.