Findlay Media is proud to be the exclusive media partner for World Skills UK in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Through this website and Engineering Careers, Findlay Media is working to inspire and encourage the next generation of manufacturing and design engineers. And with the support of its industry partners, Findlay works to raise awareness of the many exciting career opportunities available in manufacturing through apprenticeships and graduate entry schemes.

Employers can play their part, too. To demonstrate and promote the skills of the UK’s young people, employers are encouraged to put forward their best candidates to compete in this year’s World Skills UK competitions. Winners of the national competitions ultimately go through to compete on the world stage. World Skills UK national competitions are open for registrations from 11 February to 22 March 2013. Use the World Skills pre-competition Activity Toolkit to help you put forward your best candidates.

Elsewhere, this website provides direct access to a world of exciting opportunities, inspiring case studies and news of engineering
skill events. We hope you find the website useful.

WorldSkills Location

the nec Birmingham

National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT
Tel: +44 (0) 121 780 4141

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"Over four million people visit the centre each year. And with 21 halls totalling 200,000sqm of exhibition space on a 650-acre site we’re also the biggest exhibition centre in the UK. As such The NEC is renowned for large-scale international trade fairs, but we also has an active interest in helping smaller specialist shows develop, providing advice, support and essential services to organisers."

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The NEC is situated 8 miles East of Birmingham city centre; its central location ensures it is at the hub of the UK motorway network. Visitors from any direction can travel to The NEC site directly using the following motorways - M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42.

The NEC is signposted on motorways and major roads and is marked on most good maps. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you allow plenty of time for your journey.

M6 Toll

As a free flowing alternative to the M6, the M6 Toll offers reliably shorter journey times through the West Midlands. It runs between Junctions 3A and 11A of the M6, and there is easy access to the NEC/LG ARENA via the M6toll / M42.

Using Sat Nav

If you are using a satellite navigation system please enter the postcode B40 1NT to pinpoint us. Please be aware that the Sat Nav system will not direct you into an onsite car park. Please follow the clearly signposted directions once in the vicinity of the venue.

Arrive by Train

The NEC is situated adjacent to Birmingham International Rail Station; if you are coming to a show at The NEC you can reach any of our halls without stepping outside!

Depending on your origin station you can travel directly by train to The NEC by alighting at Birmingham International. If your point of origin does not provide a service directly to Birmingham International you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street first and get a connecting train from there.

Once off the train

Once you have arrived at Birmingham International Rail Station take the stairs or lift from any platform up to the station interchange. The entrance to The NEC is situated on the right hand side as you exit the station and is clearly signposted. Continue to walk along the covered walkway called the bridgelink where you can then follow signs to reach your exact destination.

WorldSkills UK: The Skills Show

14-16 November 2013 at the NEC Birmingham.

The UK’s biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show is a unique annual celebration that will inspire the fashion designers, web developers and engineers of tomorrow with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships.

Visit to find out more!

WorldSkills Categories

Findlay Media supports the following WorldSkills UK 2013 categories:

Sheet Metal Work
Mobile Robotics
Industrial Electronics
CNC Turning
CNC Milling
Mechanical Engineering CAD
Aeronautical Engineering Mechanical
Aeronautical Engineering Avionic

Learn more about the WorldSkills UK categories

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