Ron Simeon

Volunteer of the Month Ron Simeon is a longstanding member of the WorldSkills Australia family. He has worn many hats during his time as a WSA volunteer including, regional, national and international project designer and judge. In more recent years…


2013 Global Skills Challenge Recap

The 2013 Global Skills Challenge (GSC) officially came to an end the evening of Friday May 3rd, when over 200 guests converged at the Duxton Hotel to bid farewell, bon voyage and mempunyai perjalanan bagus, to their new international friends….


May Update

Recently, WorldSkills Australia (WSA) staged the 2013 Global Skills Challenge (GSC) in Perth. This event has become a significant event in the WSA calendar as an extremely valuable training exercise for the Team Australia Skillaroos as they prepare for the…


Day three of Competition

It is the third day down and each of the competitors projects are in their final stages. With only four hours tomorrow to complete their set tasks, the 2013 GSC will be alive with excitement as competitors rush to complete…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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…