WorldSkills Competition Special Edition 2022 Aero Event takes flight at Cardiff and Vale College

4 Aug 2022

Cardiff and Vale College’s International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) will play host to a special world-wide Aircraft Maintenance skills competition in November.

This year’s WorldSkills Finals – widely known as the ‘Skills Olympics’ – were due to be held in Shanghai, but have had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Instead, WorldSkills has opted to celebrate the hard work of young people from around the world who have worked so hard to be at the top of their game in their chosen discipline with a series of 61 international skills competitions across Europe, North America and East Asia.

ICAT is just one of two UK locations to be chosen, and will be the venue for the Aircraft Engineering contest. People will jet in from across the world to the internationally-renowned Aerospace training centre, which is based at Cardiff Airport, for the competition.

Cardiff and Vale College Group Chief Executive and member of the WorldSkills UK Board of Trustees Mike James said: “We are delighted to host the WorldSkills International Special Edition Aircraft Maintenance contest at our renowned International Centre for Aerospace Training.

“We have a long history of WorldSkills success at CAVC, and, as a WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence and winner of the WorldSkills UK Equality and Diversity Ambassador Award, we recognise the importance of skills competitions such as this.

“WorldSkills encourages young people to be the best of the best in a wide range of skills and technologies, unlocking their potential whilst driving up talent for sectors and generating economic growth – everyone wins through WorldSkills.”