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These are some of the most popular questions asked.

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WorldSkills UK is our competition partner for competitions, as well the UK's organising partner for EuroSkills and WorldSkills, and we work closely with them throughout SkillBuild. Competitors can expect to receive communications and information from CITB and WorldSkills UK.

Competitor information

Competitors must be at least 16 years old from 1 September the previous year to register for a competition.

There is no maximum age limit, however for competitors - those who are 22 years old or under at the time of the international competition will be eligible for selection.

For 2020, this means that only competitors born on or after 1 January 2000 will be eligible to take part in WorldSkills Lyon 2023.

As well as age restrictions, competitors must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Employed in the UK having achieved a relevant UK qualification in the last 12 months
  • Studying towards a relevant UK qualification
  • Working towards an apprenticeship in the relevant trade in the UK.

No, the competitor can be studying their qualification from any awarding organisation.

No, the competitor can be a full time student and still enter SkillBuild.

No, competitors are only allowed to compete in one skill at one regional qualifier, they cannot enter more than one competition.

Registration information

If your student has previously entered the competition and won a gold medal at the UK National Final they are not permitted to enter a SkillBuild competition in a subsequent year.

If your student has been selected by WorldSkills UK for Squad UK or Team UK they too are not permitted to re-enter the competition cycle.

If you're not sure whether your student is eligible for entry, please contact us and we will be able to confirm for you.

Yes, although entry into SkillBuild competitions is slightly different for some of the home nations. 

In Wales and Northern Ireland, there are preliminary competitions for some skills, with the winning competitors from those going through to the respective SkillBuild Regional Qualifiers. In Wales, specifically, some skills only feature at the Welsh regional event. If you are unsure about eligibility for our competitions, please contact us at [email] 

There are no associated preliminary competitions for England and Scotland and competitors are allocated their home nation Regional Qualifier places on a first come, first served basis.

Competitors for the SkillBuild UK National Final are selected from the full Regional Qualifier schedule results, across all four home nations.

When each competitor is registered for a competition they will receive a confirmation email including a schedule of the day and a tool and equipment list. 

Competitors can practice their skills using competition project drawings from previous years, available to download from our Resources section. These competition project drawings are also a useful tool for you to use within your training organisation to help select the best students to enter the SkillBuild competitions.

SkillBuild Regional Qualifier competitions are free to enter for competitors, however you will be responsible for covering any travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses incurred in participating in the competitions.

Regional Qualifier places are strictly limited in each skill, as shown below. These limits are per active construction campus, not per organisation.”

Regional Qualifier places
Skill Limit
Bricklaying 3
Carpentry 3
Furniture and Cabinet Making 4
Joinery 3
Painting and Decorating 3
Plastering 3
Plastering and Drywall Systems 4
Roof Slating and Tiling 3
Stonemasonry 4
Wall and Floor Tiling 4

Not all Regional Qualifiers will deliver all the skills competitions, and we ask that where possible all competitors from the same training organisation attend the same Regional Qualifier competition in your area.

If the Regional Qualifier that you would like to enter your competitor into is full you can add them to a reserve list for that event. If another competitor withdraws after the competition has been listed as full, we will contact the first person on the reserve list to offer them a place (if they have not met their maximum allowance of competitors). Please email us at

Places for competitions will be locked 5 days before each competition and reserve places will not be offered after this time.

Please note having a competitor on the reserve list does not guarantee that we will be able to offer them a place, and you should register your competitor as soon as possible when registration opens to avoid disappointment. We will not accept competitors on the day of the competition who have not previously registered.

Please let us know as soon as possible if any details entered for your competitor are incorrect, some of these details may not be able to be changed at a later date and will be much harder to action on competition day.

If a competitor fails to attend a Regional Qualifier competition, without notifying SkillBuild in writing at least five working days before the start date of the competition, SkillBuild reserves the right to charge a nonattendance fee of £150 to the competitor’s registered organisation.

Competitors will be registered using the WorldSkills UK registration system, and for any information not asked for on the registration form we will contact you directly.

Regional Qualifier information

Each competitor who takes part in a regional competition will receive a certificate of participation. A summary of marks will be sent by email after the last competition has taken place and moderation has been completed.

Awards will be given to competitors based on the following criteria:

  • Scoring between 60 and 79.99 marks out of 100 - awarded a Certificate of Merit
  • Scoring 80 marks and above out of 100 - awarded a Certificate of Distinction

Competitors may have the opportunity to attend the UK National Final depending on their scores, and these invitations will be issued by email from Mid-July.

A core aim is make SkillBuild competitions accessible across all parts of the UK. By showcasing excellence in quality and commitment across our skills, we can highlight the fantastic careers opportunities presented by the construction industry and develop a network for support and progression.

We are always looking to expand that network through new host venues: Our regional schedule is reviewed annually to reflect local interests and skills, as well as accessibility and historic involvement.

If you are interested in becoming a SkillBuild host venue for a future competition cycle, please request an application pack from .

UK National Final information

After each Regional Qualifier the competition scores will be quality assured and moderated by CITB, and by WorldSkills UK. We invite UK National Finalists from Mid-July and publish the full list from September.

Please ensure that both you and your competitor give us an email address that you can access throughout the year, including out of term time.

Once all of the Regional Qualifiers from across all four nations have been completed, the results from each competition are added together, and finalists are selected from the highest scoring in this list.

To be eligible to take part in the UK National Final, competitors must be within the top eight highest scoring competitors across all four nations.

This means that winning a regional competition does not guarantee a place at the UK National Final, and conversely, those who have not gained a place at a Regional Qualifier may have scored a high enough mark nationally to be invited to compete the final.

Each competitor who takes part in the UK National Final will receive a certificate of participation. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended medals will be awarded for each skill at the awards ceremony on the last day.

Medals will be awarded based on the following:

  • Competitors achieving the highest score will receive a Gold medal
  • Competitors achieving the second highest score will receive a Silver medal
  • Competitors achieving the third highest score will receive a Bronze medal
  • Competitors achieving above the average score will be sent a Highly Commended medal after the event.

A summary of marks will be sent after the competition has taken place.

Within skills competitions that lead to international competitions, the highest scoring competitors, who have scored above 65% and are age eligible, will be selected to compete in Squad Selection.

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