Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced that Perth will host Australia's premier skills showcase in August 2020 — the WorldSkills Australia National Championships.
Showcasing up to 60 different skill categories, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships is the nation's biggest vocational education and training (VET) competition. The event will bring together the best and brightest apprentices, trainees, educators, employers and industry professionals to compete for the title of national champion in each skill category.
This is the third time Western Australia has hosted the event, with the last National Championships being held in Perth in 2014. For further information about WorldSkills Australia visit worldskills.org.au or for information on WorldSkills Western Australia visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/worldskills-wa. “WorldSkills Australia are proud to bring the largest skills and trade competition in the Southern Hemisphere back to Perth." said WorldSkills Australia CEO Mr Trevor Schwenke. "The team, which will include around 300 volunteers, are eager to showcase the talent of young trainees, apprentices and students from across Australia as they compete for the pride of their state and the title of 'Best in Nation'. 2019 is forecasted to be the largest regional competition cycle for the organisation to date, and with our recent international success in Kazan, Russia the championships will be a fierce display of Australia's future workforce. We are delighted to be working alongside the Western Australian Government and look forward to celebrating skills excellence in 2020.”
Held 13—15 August 2020 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the free championships will run in conjunction with the SkillsWest Career Expo, and is expected to attract more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Visitors will experience a variety of skilled trades and technology careers under the one roof and can watch the competitions, participate in Try-a-Skill demonstrations and network with hundreds of industry and educational experts. The 2020 National Championships provide a pathway for medallists to become a member of the Australian Skill Squad to compete at the next WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Shanghai, in September 2021.
Minister Ellery said "The McGowan Government is proud to host the Worldskills Australia National Championships which will showcase WA's excellent and diverse vocational education and training system. The event will also put our most talented apprentices and trainees in the national spotlight. School students will also have the opportunity to see firsthand the enormous array of careers available in the VET sector and the skill and impact of various job roles. They will also have an opportunity to try a skill as well."