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Competition Levels

The competitions take place at varying levels, full details are available here with a summary shown below: -

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Inter-Campus Competition

In 2010 the College Inter Campus Competition (CICC) was introduced with the principal aim of increasing the number of construction apprentices participating in SkillBuild NI and to give the apprentices an opportunity to test their skills against their peers throughout the Province.

The CICC is an excellent example of SkillBuild NI’s partnership with the six Regional Colleges, with each of the establishment hosting the one day competition each January covering twelve construction trade areas.

The competition is now well established and recognised across the College Network as the route to gain entry into the annual two day SkillBuild NI National Final held each spring. Medal winning participants at the SkillBuild NI National Final can in most but not all areas progress to SkillBuild UK and Skill M&E National Finals with the objective of achieving UK Team membership for WorldSkills.


SkillBuild NI Final Competition

Construction craft competitions began in Northern Ireland as an inter-college event held annually in Belfast Technical College in the late 1970’s. In 1994 SkillBuild Competitions Ltd was established and obtained permission in 1996 to use the SkillBuild name and logo. Since then the competition has become known and promoted as “SkillBuild NI”.  
In 1997 SkillBuild NI became part of the UK SkillBuild Competitions network and obtained the National Seal of Approval from UK Skills, which is recognised by the Government as the standard setting body across all industry sectors for Skills Competitions.
SkillBuild NI‘s contribution to training and development was further recognised by the attainment of a prestigious government supported National Training Award in 2004.

UK Live (WSUK)

A legacy of the success of Team UK at World Skills London 2011 was the introduction of the World Skills UK Skills Show held in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham since November 2012.

In 2013, for the first time ever, the SkillBuild UK National Finals were held as part of 70 different skills competitions contained within the Skills Show event, which was attended by over 80,000 visitors accross the three day event.

WorldSkills (WS)

Over its 60 year history, WorldSkills International (formerly known as the "Skill Olympics") has come to symbolise the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training. Every two years hundreds of young skilled people, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, gather together from around the world to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and test themselves against demanding international standards. They represent the best of their peers drawn from regional and national skill competitions held currently in 58 countries/regions.

The experience and results of all the competitions provide valuable feedback both to the individuals and the systems and enterprises in which they are being trained. For some it is recognition for outstanding achievement, while for others it provides the motivation and knowledge to aspire to higher standards. For the onlookers it is a revealing experience to see highly competent young tradespeople in action. The competitions are particularly effective in the context of providing positive career role models for individuals still at school, undertaking training or further/higher education.