WorldSkills wins £18m BIS boost

The government has pledged to continue funding the Skills Show, skills competitions and the UK’s entry to WorldSkills for another two years.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) promised £18m for Find a Future, which organises the Skills Show and WorldSkills, spread over 2015-16 and 2016-17.

From April, the funding will be routed through the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

Find a Future chief executive Ross Maloney said he was “pleased” by the move, which he described as a government commitment “to continuing its investment in young people, and the development of their skills”.

A BIS statement said the decision to route funding through the ETF would bring the Skills Show and Skills Competitions closer to sector-wide activity on professional standards and employer engagement.

David Russell, ETF chief executive, said bringing together the ETF’s work and Find a Future would “provide great opportunities to build on the success of The Skills Show and WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions in our mission of supporting standards of vocational excellence”.

Find a Future will also raise cash by increasing commercial sponsorship of shows.