Applicants sought for WorldSkills UK Industrial Robotics competition

AS part of its drive to encourage more young people to begin a career in automation and engineering, FANUC UK is seeking participants for the WorldSkills UK Industrial Robotics competition.

For the fourth year running, the company is partnering with WorldSkills UK to give apprentices and students the chance to learn key robotics programming and operating skills with help from FANUC experts – and potentially earn the right to represent Squad UK at the international finals in China.

Entry is open at from 26 February-29 March for teams of two people aged 16 and over. After completing an initial simulated entry-stage task, successful applicants will undertake training with FANUC ahead of the qualifier stage, which is being held at the Smart Factory Expo on 5-6 June at the NEC Birmingham. Visitors to the event will also be able to test their skills by taking part in a similar robotics trial alongside the competitors.

The WorldSkills UK Industrial Robotics competition reaches its peak in November when, following further training, the most talented teams will compete to programme and operate a robot in a real-world task at the National Finals during FANUC UK’s Open House event, held at its Coventry HQ. Winners will be selected for Squad UK to compete in Shanghai in 2026.

“It’s crucial that the next generation is given the opportunity to explore the world of robotics and automation, to help nurture a passion that could lead to a future career path,” said Satty Cole, business development manager for education, FANUC UK. “Finding talented and enthusiastic students and taking them on the WorldSkills UK journey is immensely important to FANUC as part of our drive to support and train young people looking to consider a career in automation, and to bridge the current manufacturing skills gap.

“Gaining experience with real-world industrial robots and receiving hands-on training from current FANUC robotics engineers can help to ignite a spark in a young person that could last a lifetime.”