Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a beautiful bathroom, how a garment is created for the runway or how industrial robots are built to assist with day-to-day jobs? You can find out at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne – the largest trades and skills showcase in the country.
Supported by the Victorian Government, the National Competition will be held from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October 2016 at Melbourne Showgrounds. Close to 500 young apprentices, trainees and students from all corners of Australia will compete for the coveted title of ‘National Champion’ in over 50 skill categories, including Vehicle Painting, Bricklaying, Hairdressing, Programming, Cookery and Welding.
Competing in the National Competition is part of the ultimate journey to greatness for these young competitors. Their journey began at the WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions held in 31 regions across the country. Their impressive performance at the regional level has secured their place at the National Competition, where the pressure will be on as they undertake three days of intensive competition against the nation’s best in their field.
In 2016 the scale of the National Competition will be significant. Over 40,000 spectators – including many school children considering their future career options – are expected to witness the competitors take over 25,000sqm of floor space – roughly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 300 Judges, 100 Volunteers and $10mil worth of materials and equipment will make the competition possible. The competitors will utilise an impressive number of resources including 8 tonnes of steel, 10km of cabling, 80 mannequin heads, over 600kg of flour and close to 3,250 stems of flowers and foliage.
The event offers more than just the competition. Visitors will have a chance to try their hand at a range of trade and skill-based professions at a host of fun, interactive Try’aSkill activities. Students who are keen to learn about vocational pathways and career opportunities will have the chance to speak to industry experts and advisors about the various courses available whilst witnessing the competitors in action.
The National Competition is expected to boost the Victorian economy by an estimated $20mil.