Competitions are a great way for all to show off their work skills and growing independence. Skills competitions are well established in mainstream Further Education and a few years ago Natspec, Derwen College and (what was then) North Warwickshire and Hinkley College, recognised there was no opportunity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to take part and enjoy.
Working together, Natspec have supported other specialist colleges to set up a series of competitions and formed the Inclusive Skills Competitions. The competitions build links between colleges and with local and national businesses to showcase the skills that young people with learning difficulties and disabilities have.
Natspec Leading the Way
These days the competitions are open to people of all ages providing they are working up to level 1 and have recently been in education. Inclusive Skills have been working with WorldSkills UK and for the past two years have featured at the Skills Show. Things have moved on and now led by Natspec, together with other further education colleagues and WorldSkills UK we are aiming to have a fully branded suite of WorldSkills UK inclusive competitions in 2018.
Dr Neil Bentley, WorldSkills UK “Working in partnership with Natspec is part of our commitment to ensure that as many learners as possible have access to competition activity. We look forward to welcoming many more learners from the specialist and FE colleges, who have taken part in this activity, at this year’s The Skills Show”.
Peter, Derwen College “I thought it was interesting, good teamwork. Competitions are good because they show your skills and what you’re good at”.
How to get involved
Registration for entry into the 2017 competitions will be from 1 March to 7 April 2017.
This years competition skills areas are;
- Restaurant Service
- Health and Social Care
- Sport and Leisure
- Independence Skills
If you want to get involved of find out more please contact the Natspec Office
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- Meet Jane Hatton, Natspec’s Inclusive Skills Competition Patron
- Inclusive skills competitions 2014/15
Inclusive Skills Competitions are an exciting and fun way to show off the skills you have learnt at college, by taking part in fully supported competitions.
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