South Devon College to Host WorldSkills UK 2017 Heats for Health and Social Care and the Ground Breaking Autism Reality Experience
The world’s largest vocational skills competition, WorldSkills UK, which aims to find the best adult health and social care students and workers in the country, will hold its third and fourth 2017 Qualifying Heat at South Devon College in Paignton on 27th and 28th June 2017, attracting competitors from across the UK.
During the heats, 78 students and trainees from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales will demonstrate their health and care sector skills in a mix of written tests and live activities. They will be assessed by a panel of expert judges charged with finding the eight competitors for the finals, which are being held during the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham this November.
The activities, which includes working with older people and people with learning disabilities, were devised by Competition Organising Partner www.Profiles4Care.com to replicate situations which health and social care workers would be expected to face in their everyday roles.
“After a number of years as the Organising Partner for the WorldSkills UK Health and Social Care competition I never fail to be inspired by the young people and adults and their drive to take their skills to the highest level. Health and Social Care’s issues remain on the front pages of the news and it’s easy to become a little despondent about the sector, so it’s more important than ever that staff who do deliver excellent health care have the opportunity to demonstrate this, inspire others and receive recognition for it through the competition,” said Marc Jones, Managing Director of Profiles4Care.
This year, for the first time, ‘Autism Reality Experience’ will be in attendance at the Heats. The Autism Reality Experience is an innovative, hands on training session which has been developed to give people an experience of the sensory processing difficulties faced by people on the autism spectrum. Simulation training has been proven to be a highly effective way to engage people in learning and not only do they come away from the training having learned new skills and techniques, the experience and what they learn from it stays with them. More information on The Autism Reality Experience is available at www.training2care.co.uk.
The list of colleges and organisations from which the competitors come is available here: https://www.profiles4care.com/worldskills-2017/