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GMColleges to host finals of UK’s biggest skill competition

Written on 6th June 2023

Greater Manchester has been selected as the host region for the highly anticipated WorldSkills UK National Finals, where the country’s most talented students and apprentices will compete for glory. The event is set to take place this autumn, with over 500 competitors from across the UK vying for top honours across more than 50 disciplines. From November 14th to 17th, nine esteemed venues, including a number of our colleges, The Manchester College, Tameside College, Oldham College, Trafford College and Wigan & Leigh College, will showcase the remarkable skills of the participants.

The finals promise to be a thrilling spectacle, featuring a wide range of competitions in various fields. Whether it’s aircraft maintenance at Wigan and Leigh College, laboratory technician skills at the University of Manchester, landscaping in Oldham, or 3D digital game art at The Manchester College, young people from the region will have the opportunity to witness the drama and excitement of these prestigious contests. The culmination of this celebration of world-class skills will occur on Friday, November 17th, at The Bridgewater Hall, with a glittering awards ceremony where the winners will be announced. The announcement of Greater Manchester as the host region comes just a week after Mayor Andy Burnham introduced proposals for a Greater Manchester Baccalaureate (MBacc), aimed at improving access to technical education courses in the area.