Taking place from March to July each year, this series of competitions held throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, brings together trainees and apprentices from across the country to compete in their chosen skills. For competitors taking part in the Advanced competitions, the results from each of the qualifiers are combined, and the highest scoring competitors overall will be invited to take part in the UK National Final.
The level of competition increases for Advanced competitors when they come together from all over the UK for the first time to compete in a 3-day competition. Gold, silver and bronze medals are handed out at an awards ceremony after the final day of competition is finished. The highest scoring medal winners who are age and skill eligible can now progress through to Squad UK, with the potential to be selected to compete at an international level.
During this period of training, Squad UK members may be selected to compete at EuroSkills against 28 European countries in their chosen skill. EuroSkills takes place every two years, and SkillBuild medal winners from 2016 and 2017 have been chosen to train for EuroSkills Budapest 2018.
The UK participates at WorldSkills; the world's largest international skills competition. SkillBuild medal winners from 2014 and 2015 took part in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, while competitors from 2016 and 2017 competitions will compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
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