South and City College Birmingham to Host
Heats 1 & 2 for WorldSkills UK Health and Social Care Competition 2017
The world’s largest vocational skills competition starts in Birmingham on 23rd & 24th May 2017
The annual WorldSkills UK competition, which aims to find the best up and coming adult health and social care workers in the country, will hold the first two of six Qualifying Heats at South & City College Birmingham over the next two days.
During the Qualifying Heats, 78 students and trainees from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales will demonstrate their health and social 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 and which regularly attracts over 70,000 visitors.
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 www.Profiles4Care.com.
In addition, this year for the first time the ‘Autism Reality Experience’ will be in attendance at all six of 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/