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Rochdale Training is hosting this year's World Skills UK competition for the category of Welding.

The UK’s top students and apprentices will be going for gold in Greater Manchester this November after the region was chosen to host the prestigious World Skills UK National Finals. Venues across the region will play host to over 50 finals with 500 competitors from all over the UK competing on 14, 15, 16 and 17 November.

The competitions are a seven-month process including regional heats and intensive training before stepping up to the ultimate test of the National Finals in November. Young people are full of praise for the competitions with the vast majority (97%) of previous entrants saying taking part improved their technical skills and 93% saying they improved their personal and employability skills.

Rochdale Training will have many activities and are keen to hear from Employers and Schools who want to get involved. Our engineering team will have several have-a-go activities for year 10 and 11 school students.

Jill Nagy, Chief Executive of Rochdale Training said “This is a great opportunity for Schools, Apprentices and Employers to get involved in this exciting event. We are thrilled to be chosen to host the event for the category of welding. Good luck to those taking part.”

Events during the week, include:
  • High School Have a Go activities: Wednesday 15th, and Thursday 16th
  • Employer Drop-in: Thursday 16th (11:00 – 13:00)
  • Open Day: Thursday 16th (15:00- 18:30)
  • Rochdale Training Apprentices Vs Finalists: Friday 17th (10:00-13:00)

If you would like to attend or get involved, contact Rochdale Training on 01706 631417 or

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