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Use skills contests to chart a course beyond Brexit

The further education sector should embrace European competition as a platform to champion homegrown talent, argues WorldSkills UK chief executive Neil Bentley

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Last month, WorldSkills UK announced the team of 22 young women and men from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who will be competing in EuroSkills – Europe’s largest skills competition – in Budapest in September.

Although participation in EuroSkills is independent of European Union membership, the prospect of Brexit means that this EuroSkills competition will be the UK’s last as a member of the EU. We should therefore be thinking more about how this international stress test of our skills system can help us to map out a pathway beyond Brexit in terms of our future economic ...

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