Volunteering with WorldSkills

When you volunteer with WorldSkills Australia, you’ll make a meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of young Australians. You’ll also discover hidden talents, be inspired, meet new people and be rewarded with a deep sense of fulfillment.

There are so many ways you can help! From fundraising events, joining regional committees, training and mentoring competitors to participating in the National and the International competitions.

Our success is their success.

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Volunteering with WorldSkills Australia

Be part of Australia’s biggest skills competition

The National Competition, held every two years, is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition and with your help, it will continue to grow and provide a platform for the best trade and skilled workers to showcase excellence in their chosen field. If you’re up to the challenge, we need your help.

Help grow Australia’s workforce

In the ever disruptive environment the workforce of tomorrow will very different from today. As a Volunteer you can be part of the change and give back to Australia by helping to guide the young men and women towards making a tremendous contribution to their chosen trades and careers and the future economy of Australia.

Build new skills

There is a diverse selection of Volunteer roles with over 60 different trades and skills available.

Enjoy the satisfaction of making a difference

In exactly the same way our Australian Olympic team compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, our WorldSkills competitors compete for the title of regional, National and  ultimately International Champion. More than 100,000 young Australians have been given the opportunity to reach new heights in their careers through our skills competitions.

Meet new people

WorldSkills Volunteers are individuals with a broad range of skills and experiences from industries right across Australia. Whether you’re young or young at heart, male or female, from the country, city or coast, at WorldSkills we are one big family that you can be a part of.

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Volunteers can participate in many roles

There are no limits when it comes to volunteering with WorldSkills Australia. But, in their own way every Volunteer makes a lasting impression.

Volunteering roles include:

  • Regional & National competition project designers
  • Experts and Judges
  • Competition coordinators
  • Category convenors
  • Mentors and Trainers
  • IT crew
  • Logistics coordinators
  • Team leaders
  • Area marshals
  • Administrative roles
  • Event and promotions
  • And a whole lot more…

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Register Your Interest to Become a Competition Writer

WorldSkills Australia invites applications for the voluntary role of National Competition writer for the 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Competition. The competition will be held in Sydney at the brand new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour in June 2018.

All successful applicants will be required to collaborate and work with other selected writers (Education & Industry) to prepare and deliver the competition packs. The National Competition writers will also be required to assist WorldSkills Australia with the planning and preparation of the competition packs, including email or phone correspondence and cluster meetings for related skills.

As part of the organisation’s ongoing review of operations and our commitment to continually improving all aspects of the competition process, the National Competition writer’s role will be filled only from applicants who make their submission in the following format and who meet the following criteria and deadline.

Please Note: This application is for the 2018 National Competition writer and does not automatically guarantee a judging position at the competition.

Essential Criteria:

  • Have current education/training/trade/industry involvement.
  • Have knowledge of national industry standards, national industry requirements and/or training packages.
  • Have high level communication skills.
  • Provide evidence of complete support from employer prior to applying for the role.
  • Have the ability to work as a team with other writers to deliver the competition packs.
  • Work and deliver to tight deadlines – National projects will be due by 1 June 2017
  • Ensure National Projects are in line with training packages, using new templates provided by WorldSkills
  • Review the 2017 Regional projects with the design team in preparation for the 2019 Regional projects due by 1 June 2018

Applications for the Competition Writers 2018 Australia National Competition close 31 March 2017.

For any questions please contact Justin Halliday on nationals@worldskills.org.au

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Volunteer process and application form

Boost your career options, explore new fields and meet talented people by joining the Volunteer workforce with WorldSkills Australia.

Take the next step and fill out the volunteer sign up form here.

For more information please contact volunteers@worldskills.org.au or call +61 3 9249 1000.

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Campaigns and events calendar/key dates

March – October 2017 – Regional Competitions
With 31 regional committees spread throughout Australia, we are always on the lookout for passionate volunteers to become a regional committee member.
Read more about how to get involved here.

5 – 8 July, Newcastle – NSW – Global Skills Challenge
The Global Skills Challenge is an integral event for the preparation and training in the lead up to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The four-day event will simulate the conditions which will be experienced by Team Australia in Abu Dhabi and provide the Skills Squad with a valuable opportunity to gather as a team and hone their skills against competitors from other WorldSkills member countries. The Global Skills Challenge will provide a fantastic opportunity for people to witness the Skills Squad in action as they prepare for Abu Dhabi.
To register your interest in becoming an event volunteer, please complete the volunteer sign up form and indicate you are interested in volunteering for the Global Skills Challenge.

3 – 21 October – WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
WorldSkills is currently looking for volunteers to work at the global competition, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

  • Marketing and Media
  • Conference and VIP Tour support
  • Competition support
  • Members support
  • Logistics & transport
  • Executive support
  • Sponsorship / partnership support

If you’re available to volunteer between October 3rd and 21st, and have an interest in helping out in the above fields, contact us at info@worldskills.org.au.

Applications close 24 February 2017.

First week of June –2018 National Competition
The National Competition is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition and depends on hundreds of volunteers to make it happen. Volunteer roles are available in the following areas:

  • National project designers
  • Judges and category experts
  • Competition coordinators
  • Category convenors
  • IT crew
  • Logistics coordinators
  • Team leaders
  • Area marshals
  • Administrative roles
  • Event and promotions
  • And many more…

To register your interest to become volunteer at the 2018 National Competition, please complete the volunteer sign up form.

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Volunteer testimonials

We love our Volunteer workforce and apparently they love us as well… Here’s what they’ve got to say.

“The satisfaction that I get out of helping young competitors at the Regional level and then taking the team to the Nationals is amazing. Watching them grow and develop skills and confidence is incredible and I want to be able to feel that I have had some help in making that happen. It also helps develop the skills back in our region which can only assist build our economic viability one day.”
Dorothy Huggon, North Qld regional volunteer

“It’s great being able to see all the skill areas, catch up with old friends and make new ones, and appreciate all the wonderful skills on show from very skilled young people who are making and will continue to make a tremendous contributions to their chosen trades and careers in years to come.”
Thais Turner, Library Manager and volunteer

“I think it is really important to give back to your industry and encourage students to be the best they can be and WorldSkills does this for them. For the beauty students in particular, this is really their only opportunity to showcase what they can do.”
Elaine Gillespie, Senior Educator and project designer/judge

“I enjoy meeting other like-minded passionate young and older tradespeople from different disciplines as well as the opportunity to contribute to the skills pool of your own trade, travel to places to volunteer and spend a special time with fellow volunteers and competitors”
John Francis, project designer and judge

“Those involved in industries and trades need to be given the same opportunities as sports people.”
Carolyn Allen, Judge

“The benefits of being involved with WorldSkills include, watching my students develop professionally and personally, having them go on to win medals at the National Competition in Brisbane, 2010, visiting London to support them at the International Competition, seeing them become real professionals in their field and meeting like-minded people from around the world.”
Colin Tyrell, Head Teacher of IT & Business and Volunteer

“I enjoy seeing the skills the competitors have. It is also a good feeling to mentor someone and help them achieve their best. At the competition it is hard work but I enjoy catching up with other judges and team leaders to network and discuss current industry and teaching trends.”
Greg Dowling, TAFE teacher & volunteer

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