Inclusive Skills Competitions

An opportunity for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties to showcase their skills

An opportunity for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties to showcase their skills

Research has shown that learner experience is greatly improved when they are given the opportunity to move outside of their comfort zone through stretching and challenging what they know.

Natspec promotes competition as a highly effective tool to measure, develop and recognise achievement and excellence.

Competitions are a great way for all to show off their work skills and growing independence.

If you want to know more, Natspec has partnered with ETF to produce a toolkit on how to use competition activity in the vocational curriculum for learners with SEND.

Inclusive Skills Competitions

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, a series of competitions was established: the Inclusive Skills Competitions. The competitions offer stretch and challenge and they build links between colleges, training providers and local and national businesses to showcase the skills of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Natspec leading the way

These days the competitions are open to people of all ages who are working up to level 1 and are in or have recently been in education. WorldSkills UK are now part funding the competitions, and for the past three years Inclusive Skills have featured at the Skills Show.

Natspec is leading the initiative and, together with other further education colleagues and WorldSkills UK, we have a fully branded suite of WorldSkills UK Inclusive Skills competitions this year.

“Working in partnership with Natspec is part of our commitment to ensure that as many learners as possible have access to competition activity,” says Dr Neil Bentley, from WorldSkills UK.

“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.”

Callum, a student at Hereward College, said “The competition was nerve-wracking but worth it. It’s made me feel very proud to be here and to be representing my college.”


More information about Inclusive Skills Competitions

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.