The 41st WorldSkills International Competition, held at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, a venue spanning 90,000sq metres in size, saw over 200,000 people filling up the halls to watch the world’s best battle it out against each other over four intense days of competition in the world’s largest skills showdown ever.
The 28 Team Australia Skillaroos made up a small-but-strong portion of the 931 competitors who converged on the competition site from 51 different countries/regions across the globe, representing over 46 specialised skill areas.
Large audiences gathered around all of the different categories, from Landscape Gardening and Bricklaying to Restaurant service and Fashion Technology, to see the incredible work that these talented young people were able to create over the four days of competition.
In addition to watching the International Competition, visitors to the event were also able to ‘Have a Go’ at a wide range of skills, meet top employers and get specialist careers advice.
The WorldSkills Australia Team Australia Skillaroos, left the competition with an impressive collection of medals across a broad range of skill areas. WSA is pleased to report that even up against stronger competition and an increased number of competing countries, Australia’s exceptional skills standards and vocational education and training have been reflected by our nation maintaining its ranking amongst the top ten in the world.
Australia took home 25 medals, including one gold, four silver, five bronze and fifteen Medallions of Excellence, securing our ranking as the 7th best nation in the world.
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