Wales has been announced as a host country for the WorldSkills Special Edition 2022.

The competition will see over 1,000 competitors from 58 countries take part in international skill competitions across the world

Following the cancellation of WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition will now be hosted in 15 countries across the world based on the best resource and facilities available - with Wales flying the flag as the UK’s official host.

WorldSkills competitions are designed to inspire and upskill future generations by developing young people’s vocational skills and showcasing best international practices in apprenticeships and technical education.

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The 61 international skills competitions will take place from September to November this year across a wide range of industries including construction and infrastructure, engineering and technology, health, hospitality and lifestyle, and digital, business and creative.

From November 1-4, Coleg Cambria in Wrexham will host the Manufacturing Team Challenge competition which will see Wales’ own finalists, Mike Jones, George Denman and Charlie Samson compete against the best in the world to claim the title for Wales.

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Rona Griffiths, Coleg Cambria’s learner experience and enterprise manager, said: “We are so proud to be selected as a venue for the WorldSkills Special Edition 2022.

“Year on year we have witnessed how participating in these competitions inspires our young learners to develop a passion and pride in their skills, boosting their confidence, employability and technical skills.

“We cannot wait to host the Manufacturing Team Challenge competition and invite spectators to watch skills excellence in action in our first-class engineering facilities.”

Vaughan Gething, Wales’ Economy Minister, said: “It’s a huge privilege for Wales to host the WorldSkills Special Edition 2022 on behalf of the United Kingdom.

“The WorldSkills competitions are a fantastic opportunity for some of the most creative and driven young people in the world to showcase their skills. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming many talented competitors to Wales.

“The Welsh Government is committed to investing in our future generations. By providing young people with opportunities they need to nurture their talent, develop new skills and realise their ambitions, we’re providing them with the tools they need to build successful future careers.”