Cheshire Colleges pledge to invest in WorldSkills

The Cheshire colleges have pledged their commitment to WorldSkills in order to raise the standards of technical education and skills across the county, for the benefits of students and employers.

Macclesfield, Cheshire South and West, Warrington and Vale Royal, and Reaseheath Colleges will use the international best practice and specifications set by WorldSkills to invest in students who want to develop their skills and perform in the biennial WorldSkills ‘Olympics’.

The WorldSkills Competition benchmarks students from the UK against 80 other member countries helping to inspire young people and adults to gain confidence and be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.

The initiative led by Macclesfield College, have enlisted the expertise of WorldSkills pioneer, Joan Scott who leads the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG) Skills Competition Strategy and is the Association of Colleges/WorldSkills UK Champion for the North West region.

Rachel Kay, CEO and Principal of Macclesfield College who chairs the Cheshire Colleges Group added: “The Cheshire Colleges have a strong collaborative ethos and embedding the international insights, specifications and standards into our respective colleges, will drive the performance of both staff and students.

“Focusing on the excellence required to compete in the UK and internationally reflects the collective ambition we have for our students and will enable us to meet the high expectation of employers. As well as technical skills, competition builds core competencies valued by employers, such as team-work, problem solving, time management and working under pressure.

“We are delighted to be working with Joan, an award-winning educator and long-time champion of the benefits of WorldSkills.”

Joan Scott added: “I’m excited to be working with Macclesfield College and the other FE Colleges across Cheshire and Warrington, as they have skills excellence at the heart of all they do. I’m delighted they have signed this commitment to work together, embracing the opportunity for the sub-region to share good practice and support greater use of competitions across all their curriculum teams, so their students can go further, faster.”

The 46th WorldSkills Competition will take place in Shanghai 12-17 October 2022.