Entry Stage guidance

The SkillELECTRIC ‘entry stage’ is an app-based, timed and interactive online task which tested candidates’ electrotechnical knowledge. All those who register for the competition must independently complete the task to be in with a chance to progress to the national qualifying heats.

Key Dates 

  • Monday 8th / Tuesday 9th April – the entry stage task must be completed on one of these days within the given timeframe
  • Thursday 11th April – NET will notify you if you have been successful in progressing to the qualifying heats
  • Tuesday 16th April 5pm – you must confirm your heat place by this time to stay in the competition

Why must I complete the task independently?
You must complete the entry stage task independently without help from anyone. Competitors need to be confident they can complete the task independently, so they are not being set up to fail if they reach the live competition stage.

If you need a reminder of the entry criteria for SkillELECTRIC, please read the Pre-Competition Activity guide” which contains the Talent Spotting Checklist and Core Competencies to show what skills and qualities the candidate needs.

When NET sends you log in details for the app, you will be asked to read and understand the following participation rules:

  • I will not share my personal log in details with anyone
  • I will carry out the test myself and I will not receive help from any other person or source

How do I register for the Entry Stage?
Visit our Registration page to read the information and then register with WorldSkills between 26 February and 28 March 2024.

After registering for SkillELECTRIC you will be sent a one-time login and link to download the app on either Android or iOS, to a device which operates at least Android 10 or iOS 12.

How can I best prepare?
To provide yourself with the best chance of achieving a good score, it would benefit you if you have good knowledge of Health & Safety, Inspection & Testing, Regulations, Electrical Principles and Installation Practices & Procedures.

The SkillELECTRIC task will use similar graphics and the drag, drop and tap techniques used for NET’s ‘Amped Up’ and Inspection and Testing apps. You can download both to familiarise yourself with using an app in this way before the passive stage. The exact content of the SkillELECTRIC app will not be made available until the competitor logs into the app to complete the task.

How does it fit into the competition journey?
Everyone who registers for SkillELECTRIC must take part in the entry stage to be considered for the next stage of the competition.

This stage enables us to continue to drive up the standard of the competition and ensure that the competitors who progress have the knowledge to support them at the live competitions. It’s a less stressful way to test your skills before doing so in front of the judges.

How do I progress to the next stage?
After the entry stage, the next stage of the competition is known as the National Qualifier heats. They are a series of one-day competitions taking place at various venues across the UK.

Only the top scorers from across all of the UK at the entry stage will progress onto the National Qualifier heats, which will take place between April and June.

If a candidate is invited to a qualifying heat they will need to formally accept their place by 16 April 2024. If formal acceptance is not submitted by this deadline, the candidate will not be able to progress.

If I am successful, when will I know which National Qualifier heat I am competing at?
At the time of registration you will select a preferred venue for the National Qualifier heat. It is not guaranteed that you will compete at your preferred venue and we will confirm your National Qualifier venue if you are successful at the entry stage. This means you will need to be prepared to travel if necessary.

What are the benefits of this new stage?
Entry numbers are not capped, so the better prepared your competitors are the more likely it is that you will have competitors at the National Qualifier heats.

As each round performance-based, the standard and quality of the competitors from the start of the competition journey are the best in the UK.

If you have any queries please email Jennie Phung.