Chief Executive Officer

World Skills UK
London, this role is office based but with flexible hybrid working.
circa. £120,000

WorldSkills UK is focused on developing world-class technical skills to help better prepare young people to succeed and to help boost business confidence to invest in creating jobs that will drive economic growth.


We are now seeking a CEO to join us at this pivotal and important time, to further unleash the full potential of world-class skills informed by international benchmarking creating opportunities for the next generation. Our new CEO will provide leadership, vision and direction to build on WorldSkills UK’s position in promoting the value of high-quality skills and work across a range of cross-sector stakeholders to broaden our role and profile nationally and internationally in raising standards. Importantly, they will further enhance the overall public status and recognition of professional and technical education, training and skills in the wider environment.

A visible and innovative senior leader, our new CEO will have maturity of judgement, alliance-building capability and quickly build credibility across a range of audiences. They will inspire and influence at all levels, with the vision, energy and presence to represent the full breadth of the UK skills systems on public platforms nationally and internationally. With commercial and strategic acumen, our new CEO will have a flexible and entrepreneurial approach, identifying opportunities for WorldSkills UK with ideas that capture imaginations but that are backed by the rigour and evidence to achieve change. Finally, they will have the strategic leadership skills to move the organisation forward and motivate our exceptionally talented and committed team.

We believe that when young people succeed, we all succeed. If you believe you would like to make a meaningful difference to the future of the UK, we would be very pleased to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.