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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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Competitor Selection Programme (formerly College
Inter-Campus Competition

The CICC is an excellent example of SkillBuild NI’s partnership with the six Regional Colleges, engaging with over 325 students, each college will host the one-day competition each February/March covering ten construction trade areas.

Historic facts - 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.

SkillBuild NI Regional Competition

The SBNI Regional Final C ompetition is now well established and recognised across the College Network as the route to gain entry into the annual one-day SkillBuild NI Regional Final held each spring, with approximately 100 students.

Most medal winning participants at the SkillBuild NI Regional Final may in most but not all areas be offered an opportunity to progress and compete in the WorldSkills UK Live National Final which takes place each November, aiming to achieve Team GB Membership to qualify for WorldSkills.

UK Live National Final (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.