Supported by the Victorian Government, the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition was held from 6-8 October at Melbourne Showgrounds.
The event was the culmination of months of training for over 500 competitors from across Australia aged 16-24 years representing 60 trades and skills, who earned their spot in Melbourne after medaling at the regional level in 2015. Competitors spent a combined total of 16-20 hours across three days completing projects aligned with National Training Packages, overseen by 300 judges and assisted by 120 dedicated volunteers.
Their hard work paid off when 159 gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded. This year’s results included some milestone moments, including the first ever gold medal wins by females in Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Turning and Vehicle Painting.
In addition to the spectacle of competition, the event included a dedicated careers expo and a range of Try’aSkill activities. $10mil worth of materials and equipment were used, 70% of which were provided in-kind by partners, industry organisations, TAFEs and training providers.
The National Competition yielded $20mil worth of economic benefit for the state of Victoria, with 21,000 local, interstate and international visitors in attendance – including a delegation from India.
Check out the highlights from the National Competition on YouTube.