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SkillsUSA Competition Helps Prepare Future Workforce for Skilled Jobs

A player in the effort to ensure America’s future workforce is ready for skilled jobs in manufacturing is SkillsUSA—a national association of more than 300,000 students, teachers and industry representatives that provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education.

Each year, the association holds its marquee event at its National Leadership and Skills Conference— including the SkillsUSA Championships—where middle school, high school, postsecondary and college students demonstrate skills in robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.


The event—organized by over 1,700 volunteers and judges—is massive, attracting some 6,000 participants and occupying the space of more than 19 football fields this year.


Students are evaluated against industry standards for entry-level positions by leaders in business and industry. Those who meet a pre-determined threshold are awarded a Skill Point Certificate—a work ready certification recognized by employers across the country.

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