talentTheo Paphitis, star of BBC’S Dragon’s Den and patron of WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show is calling on the UK’s most talented to put their skills to the test and enter the WorldSkills UK National Competitions.

Entering the Competitions, which are managed by the National Apprenticeship Service, is proven to catapult a person’s career. Taking part enables competitors to build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers in industry and showcase their potential to current and former employees.

Competitors who reach the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Competitions will battle it out be named ‘the best of the best’ in the UK’ in their chosen skill in front of 100,000 spectators at The Skills Show which takes place from 14 – 16 November at the NEC, Birmingham.

What’s more, outstanding national finalists from this year’s WorldSkills UK National Competition cycle, who meet the qualifying criteria, could be selected for a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the UK in their chosen skill at the international WorldSkills Competition.

Theo Paphitis, patron of The Skills Show said: “By entering WorldSkills UK Competitions, together we can showcase and celebrate the high levels of talent entering the UK’s workforce. I hope this will show everyone how Apprenticeships and vocational training can lead to worthwhile and valuable careers.”

WorldSkills UK National Competitions are run in a range of industries including construction, engineering, creative, IT and business administration. The Competitions are open to those who are working towards or have recently completed Level 2, 3, or 4 qualifications in their related skill. WorldSkills UK activity is designed to drive up levels of expertise in further education, skills and Apprenticeships.

Jaine Bolton, Chief Operating Officer, The National Apprenticeship Service said: “The WorldSkills UK National Competitions really do have a tremendous effect on competitors and their employers alike. These competitions reward real talent among the nation’s apprentices and employees. If you know anyone who has what it takes to become the best in their industry, then please encourage them to get involved.”