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Day two of Competition

Second day down and competitors are all well underway on their projects. By the end of today, the hairdressing competitors had completed four hairstyles, our carpenter’s pergolas had started to take physical shape and our wall and floor tilers were…

01/05/2013

Day one of competition

By 9:00am this morning, each of the 86 competitors participating in the 2013 Global Skills Challenge (GSC) had their tools in hand and heads down focusing on getting off to the best possible start at the simulated international competition. Ashleigh…

30/04/2013

WorldSkills Australia welcomes international guests to 2013 GSC

After many hours spent travelling from across the globe, international guests of the 2013 Global Skills Challenge (GSC), converged together for the first time at the Official Opening and welcome dinner hosted this evening at one of Perth’s hidden treasures,…

29/04/2013

CSQ Supports Try’aTrade

The 26th of March marked a significant day for WorldSkills Australia’s Try’aSkill/Try’aTrade program, with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) signing on for another 12 month partnership. Mark Callaghan, WSA CEO, met with Brett Schimming, CSQ CEO, to officiate the contract. CSQ…

10/04/2013

Green Plumbing in Nepal

On January 26th, WorldSkills Australia’s Plumbing Chief Expert, Grant Stewart and RMIT University Plumbing teacher, Wayne Ellerton, arrived in Nepal to join the Nepal Sanitation Studio, a week-long design and development project from the award-winning Australian company Healthabitat, working in…

10/04/2013

Ray Morrison

Volunteer of the Month Ray Morrison has been an active WorldSkills Australia volunteer since 1983 when he became involved as part of the first WSA National Competition which was held in Melbourne. He is now the Main Regional Contact for…

10/04/2013

April Update

The WorldSkills Australia (WSA) ‘cycle’ of competitions is in full swing across the country with Regional Competitions taking place at the same time as final preparations are being made for the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos major training initiative, the 2013…

08/04/2013

2013 Queensland Overseas Foundation Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of the Queensland Overseas Foundation! WorldSkills Australia is proud to announce that this year, all five recipients are WSA competitors. Well done to: Jessica Parker – Business Services Jessie Lucas – Commercial Cookery and Hospitality…

12/03/2013

Nash Mason

Volunteer of the Month Nash Mason first competed in WorldSkills in 2007, when he entered his local Regional Competition. In 2008, Nash entered the 2008 WSA National Competition in Sydney where he achieved a gold medal and as a result,…

12/03/2013

Electrical Installations Skillaroo in Japan

The 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos have been training tirelessly over the past four months, since their selection into Team Australia was announced in mid-November, 2012. As part of their training regiments, the team will be engaging in international training where…

12/03/2013

2013 Youth Forum & Regional Workshop

The 2013 Youth Forum and 2013 Regional Workshop took place from February 26th to March 2nd, in Melbourne at RMIT University, Brunswick Campus. Once again, these critical events proved to be hugely successful with an abundance of creative ideas and…

12/03/2013

March Update

Last week in Melbourne two important WorldSkills events were convened in Melbourne – the 2013 Youth Forum and the 2013 Regional Workshop. The 2013 Youth Forum was the second Youth Forum convened by WSA and, like the first one in…

08/03/2013

CEO of SkillsOne announced as Chair of WSA Board

At the WorldSkills Australia (WSA) Board meeting held on 28 February 2013, the Board elected Mr. Brian Wexham to the position of Chair. This follows the decision by Jeanette Allen to stand down as Chair of WSA in late 2012….

06/03/2013

Alex Rupe

Volunteer of the Month Alex Rupe, known to many as ‘Mr WorldSkills’, has been involved with WSA since 2005. A cabinetmaker by trade, Alex has devoted the past eight years to encouraging young people to test their skills in WorldSkills…

14/02/2013

Congratulations Ivan Novak

Longstanding WorldSkills volunteer and TAFE NSW hospitality teacher, trainer and mentor, Ivan Novak, has been awarded a Public Service Award as part of the 2013 Australia Day Honours List. Ivan has been acknowledged for his outstanding service to teaching in…

14/02/2013

Retirement of Dave Arnold

Friday 1st of February marked Dave Arnold’s official retirement. Dave has retired from his position as Head Teacher of Electrical Trades from TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute. Since commencing his employment with TAFE NSW in 1978, Dave has enjoyed a…

14/02/2013

2013 Youth Forum & Regional Workshop

Between February 26th to March 2nd WorldSkills Australia will be conducting the biennial Youth Forum and Regional Workshop. Both events are critical to the forward planning of the organisation. Through the collaborative input provided by past competitors and regional volunteers,…

14/02/2013

2013 One School One Country

On January 17th as part of CPW in Leipzig, participating Member countries of the International Competition had the privilege of meeting with representatives from their partner school as part of the One School One Country (OSOC) program. WSA has been…

14/02/2013

Competition Preparation Week

With the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition around the corner, preparations for the event are ramping up. The competition organisers were joined by a cohort international guests including Chief Judges and Deputy Chief Judges, who were there to discuss and finalise…

14/02/2013

February Update

As this is the first blog for the year, I would like to say Happy New Year to you all. 2013 is well underway and WorldSkills Australia (WSA) has hit the ground running. Final preparations are being put in place…

14/02/2013