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We’re very pleased to announce that Wirral Met College is one of the first colleges to be part of the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence, in partnership with NCFE, to mainstream world-class standards in skills development in the UK.

Working together with WorldSkills UK, NCFE and our partners, we will help develop a world-leading technical education sector.

Parisa Shirazi, Head of skills development and international competition at WorldSkills UK, said: “This is a milestone moment – a unique opportunity for Wirral Met College to work with other colleges across the UK and join the dawn of a skills revolution.

“Working with the staff at Wirral Met we will champion a skills-led recovery, which is driven by international benchmarking and rightly values high-quality apprenticeships and technical education to enable all young people to develop the employability skills that will provide them with a rewarding future.”

Utilising NCFE’s expertise in curriculum development and drawing on WorldSkills UK’s unique insights into global skills systems through its membership of WorldSkills, the global hub for skills excellence, staff at Wirral Met will be coached and mentored to embed world-class practises and techniques in their teaching, learning and assessment practices.

The work will be led by WorldSkills UK High-Performance Skills Coaches, who are all experienced WorldSkills UK Training Managers. They will capture learnings from international competitions and use these to coach and mentor educators at Wirral Met who will pass this knowledge on to their students, ensuring they perform to international high standards of excellence in their skills.

In addition to its work with FE colleges throughout the UK, the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence will also play an important role in supporting the development of higher technical standards across qualifications and assessment development.

Sue Higginson, Principal and Chief Executive at Wirral Met College said: “Everything we do at Wirral Met College is designed to help people pursue their dream career. This starts with great careers education, informing choice and encouraging young people to have high aspirations. We are absolutely delighted to be selected as a UK Centre of Excellence for WorldSkills UK and can think of no better example of how vocational skills are actively promoted and celebrated on the world stage. As we celebrate the announcement of our success we also look forward to playing a key role as a champion of world class skills.”

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