WorldSkills Australia is more than a competition.
WorldSkills Australia and our partner organisations offer a range of life changing opportunities via alternative pathways that include additional study, work experience, overseas travel and financial support. The aim of the programs is to further develop the skills of the many young men and women who participate in WorldSkills Australia events.
ABBTF WORLD CLASS BRICKLAYER DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP
The goal of the ‘ABBTF World Class Bricklaying Development Scholarship’ is to provide support for the bricklaying Skillaroo, which will allow him or her to achieve the highest possible level of skill to compete successfully against competitors from other countries.
AUSTRALIAN APPRENTICESHIPS AMBASSADORS
WorldSkills Australia is proud to work closely with the Department of Education and Training who manage the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Program with all gold medalist from the 2016 National Competition becoming an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.
With over 100 individuals, across all states and territories, appointed as Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors, this program aims to raise the status of Australian Apprenticeships through profiling real national apprenticeship and traineeship success stories to showcase the numerous benefits of the Australian Apprenticeships system to school leavers, career changers of all ages, and business audiences.
AUSTRALIAN OVERSEAS FOUNDATION
WorldSkills Australia Competitors who have completed a trade apprenticeship or vocational traineeship to Certificate Level III have an opportunity to be awarded the AOF scholarship which enables the recipient to travel and work overseas. The aim of the AOF scholarship is to develop and increase young apprentices’ and trainees’ knowledge, experience and leadership skills.
BBM YOUTH SUPPORT AWARD FOR SKILLED FUTURES
A joint effort by WorldSkills Australia and BBM Youth Support, the BBM Youth Support Award for Skilled Futures offers recipients the opportunity to further their training and professional development through work experience in the UK. In 2016, sixteen national competition medalists were selected to take part in the BBM Youth Support Award for Skilled Futures.
Click here to read more about the 2017 BBM Youth Support Award for Skilled Futures recipients.
THE ERN MACDONALD FELLOWSHIP
To Ern MacDonald, who has been credited with changing the face of labour relations in the Australian construction industry, nothing was more important than recognising and encouraging the development of skills in young people.
Established by WorldSkills Australia, the Dusseldorp Skills Forum and the MacDonald Family in 2006 in honour of Ern MacDonald, this fellowship aims to assist young tradespeople working in the building and construction industry to launch their careers.
The winner will be awarded a scholarship to assist them to implement their project plans. Past fellowship winners have used scholarship funding to start their own businesses, travel overseas, invest in further study or implement innovative and sustainable projects that have assisted their broader community.
QUEENSLAND OVERSEAS FOUNDATION
The QOF scholarship provides recipients with the opportunity to work at the overseas destination of their choice by funding their return airfare and initial expenses. Established in 1976, this opportunity is made possible through the support of the Queensland Government and a range of industry training sponsors.
Click here to read more about the 2017 Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) scholarship
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA)
Rotary in conjunction with WorldSkills Australia will offer a select few the opportunity to participate in the RYLA, a leadership development program run by Rotary. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, community and global citizenship.
WORLDSKILLS AUSTRALIA SKILLS SQUAD
Skills Squad, introduced by WorldSkills Australia, involves the ongoing evaluation of each national winner to ensure they are meeting their training commitments for the international competition in Abu Dhabi 2017. The goal of this process is for Australia to achieve the best possible result at the international level, in a competition that now has 75 member countries. Skills Squad members will work closely with their Training Manager and experts in their respective fields to refine their skills in the hope of being selected to represent Australia as a 2017 Skillaroo.
AUSTRALIA-INDIA SKILLS MISSION
The 2017 Australia-India Skills Mission, Skilling a Global Economy will bring together representatives from business, industry and government. The aim of the visit is to strengthen collaboration between Australia and India, fostering new ways of working together to address skills and workforce challenges.
Led by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Skills, the Mission will be held on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 April 2017 at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, India.
Click here to read more about the Australia-India Skills Mission.