Tasmania’s best and brightest apprentices and trainees have claimed nine medals at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney last week, with six gold, a silver and two bronze medals won by the 17 person Tasmanian team.
The success of our apprentices and trainees also meant Team Tasmania was awarded the Evatt Shield for best performing region, based on the aggregate scores of all competitors from each region of Australia.
This year’s win makes it the fourth time Tasmania has won the Evatt Shield. Everyone at Skills Tasmania is very proud of our team members and our brilliant Team Leaders: Rachel Sullivan, Jai Maluga and Matt Barratt.
Eight of our medallists are TasTAFE trained while our Floristry gold medal winner, Phoebe Martin, was trained at Marjorie Milner College in Melbourne.
above: Part of Team Tasmania at Hobart Airport
| above: Part of Team tasmania at Launceston Airport|
(back row, l-r) Bradley Guy, Justin Bye, Samuel Laing, Joshua Boon, Kayden Stafford, Colby Neal.
(front row, l-r) Lisa Dahl, Billy McCullagh, Jacqueline Hodgkinson.
WorldSkills Australia (WSA) is a social enterprise that passionately believes skills drive the future of young people, and of Australia. WSA is part of an international WorldSkills movement.
Since 1981 WorldSkills Australia (WSA) has been the leading voice for skills excellence in vocational, technological and service oriented careers in Australia. WSA has raised the awareness of hundreds of thousands of young Australians and their parents, industry and employers, that our nation’s future depends on effective skills training systems.
We promote and build a skills culture, celebrate excellence and showcase vocational education and training. We achieve this by engaging in research, promoting skills, building careers, focusing on education and skills training in Australia, fostering international cooperation and development, and running skills competitions and leadership programs.
WSA’s skills-based competitions operate at regional, national and international levels, and are aligned to National Training Packages, Apprenticeships Australia and Jobs Australia schemes. Our National Championship is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition.
WorldSkills Australia championships operate on a two-year cycle. Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. Australians aged 23 and under can enter the Regional Championships. This includes VET in Schools students, vocational students, apprentices and trainees.
Successful regional competitors may have the opportunity to progress to the National Championships. In addition to potentially competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in their chosen skill nationally, and even internationally as members of the Skillaroos (Australia’s WorldSkills International team), there are also leadership programs and scholarships to enable young people to become the very best versions of themselves.
WSA works with employers and training providers to tailor competitions to meet local skills demands. This helps to ensure that Australia has apprentices for the jobs it has to offer, and that our young people are career ready.
Taking part is about more than winning a medal.
WSA creates opportunities for young men and women to become the very best versions of themselves possible.
When young Australians compete at WorldSkills – whether it’s at a regional, national or international competitions – they’re fostering their communication, teamwork, organisation and leadership skills. They’re empowering themselves with the most elite skillset they possibly can, and preparing for future success, whatever careers path they eventually travel.
Past competitors are invited to become a WorldSkills Australia Alumni, and join a network of professionals who act as inspirational role models delivering careers advice to young people interested in skills and trades based apprenticeships and careers in Australia.