The WorldSkills National Championships is the country’s largest Vocational Education and Training (VET) competition. It highlights the country’s best apprentices and trainees in more than 60 different skills areas, who compete for the title of national champion.
Western Australian trainees and apprentices have dominated the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney, picking up 21 medals and the prestigious VET in Schools Shield, recognising the best performing state. More than a third of the 51 Team WA participants were secondary school students who competed in the WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program. National Medal winners may now be considered for selection in the 2019 Team Australia Skillaroos to compete in the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Russia.
WA performed particularly well in the hospitality categories, winning gold, silver and bronze in the VETiS Food and beverage category and a gold medal in VETiS Commercial cookery. WA also won bronze in the open competition in the Retail baking – Pastry category.
Cailtin Budd from Karratha Senior High School, who won the bronze medal in the VETiS Electrotechnology category, also caught the eye of a peak industry association who wants to secure her an apprenticeship in the field. Ron Simeon from North Metropolitan TAFE was also presented with a life member pin at the event, for his services to WorldSkills.
Pictured at right: Team WA in action at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships.
“A key focus of the McGowan Labor Government is jobs, maximising training opportunities and increasing our skills base." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “It’s encouraging to see Western Australian apprentices and trainees, particularly our secondary school students, performing so well on a national stage. Their achievements help shine a light on the training sector – the achievements of the apprentices and trainees themselves, great work of our training providers who are skilling our future workforce and the opportunities that are available for those learning a trade, especially as jobs change and diversify.”
WorldSkills competitions develop and showcase skills excellence. They aim to raise the status of skilled vocations throughout the world. This global movement has over 75 member countries, that meet every two years to compete in over 50 skills categories.
State winners may be selected to join TeamWA at the WorldSkills Australia National Competitions, and may even go on to compete against the best in the world at the WorldSkills International Championship.
To find out more about the WorldSkills competition, and how you can get involved, please visit the WorldSkills WA page on the Department of Training and Workforce Development's website.