Axalta Supports Regional Competitors Leading up to the Australian Skills Show in June 2018

As Gold Partner of WorldSkills Australia, Axalta Coating Systems, have undertaken several Regional Vehicle Painting competitions across Australia in 2017. These competitions have provided young trainee apprentices the chance to test their skills and progress to the Australian Skills Show….



The final medal design for the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships has now been selected. The winning design, submitted by 2003 Skillaroo and international gold medalist in Graphic Design Technology, Sarah Jones, was chosen from a pool of creative and innovative submissions. Sarah’s…


2017 Skillaroo Nick Johnston travels to Cambodia for World Wood Day

For West Australian Cabinetmaker, Nick Johnston, a trip across the country from Perth to Melbourne in 2016 to compete in the WSA National Competition has resulted in him part filling his passport in just 2 years. Nick went on to…


Skills Pathway Expo Opens Doors for Students, Parents & Careers Advisors

WorldSkills Australia and Velg Training are partnering to deliver the next generation of careers expos, the Skills Pathway Expo. The Skills Pathway Expo will form a key part of Skills Show Australia 2018, a flagship skills and trades event, which will be…


Where are they now? Plumber Grant Stewart

Grant Stewart always wanted to work in the building trades, with his father being a carpenter. He completed his apprenticeship with Master Plumber’s Apprentices Limited through W&S Robson in January 1996. Grant was introduced to WorldSkills when he watched a…


Women in Tech – International Women’s Day

We spoke to some of our key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) partners with Skills Show Australia 2018 about the importance of getting female students involved in burgeoning tech focused skills and trades. One Giant Leap Australia “One Giant Leap…


Our Board Members on International Women’s Day

WorldSkills Australia’s Board of Directors play an important role in shaping our social enterprise. They have relationships with vital vocational education & training organisations around Australia and internationally, and they make valuable contributions to WorldSkills and skills training in Australia….


#SkillsChangeLives – Signwriting Apprentice – Chrissy Gensch

Creative, engaging and hard-working, 3rd year signwriting apprentice Chrissy Gensch is working towards taking on ever bigger and better jobs that challenge her to think outside the box.  “Being an artist, my mum encouraged me to do what I wanted…


#SkillsChangeLives – Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice – Katrina Palmer

For Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice Katrina Palmer, an interest in science and maths and a chance encounter with an ad in the newspaper led her to a skill that is challenging, dynamic and consistently rewarding.  “I was studying lots of…


Australia’s best young Refrigeration Technicians prepare for Gold

WorldSkills Australia is pleased to announce that ARBS will proudly collocate the Refrigeration Championship as an independent skill category from Australia’s most prestigious skills and trade event, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018. 2018 marks the 8th year that ARBS…


Beyond the ATAR: Skills & Trades Pathways

Over the past few months, you or someone you know may have been one of the thousands of students who are weighing up their options after receiving, or not receiving, a single number: their ATAR. While it is a result…


Message from the CEO: Welcome to Skills Show Australia 2018

Imagine the most engaging and interactive event centred around vocational education and training (VET). What would it look like? A bustling hub of ideas, with 1000s of participants exploring their potential across dozens of pathways and skills. Who would be…


Western Australia Volunteers: Hall of Fame

At the 2017 Regional medal ceremony in Western Australia late last year, State Manager Fiona Johnson recognised several people within the WorldSkills Australia volunteer community by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. WorldSkills Australia – Western Australia initiated the…


Where are they now? Joiner Ben Madden

Ben Madden completed his Joinery apprenticeship with Spectrum Joinery, CIT, in January 1997; twenty years later he runs three successful business and employs eighty people. Ben said: “I always wanted to work in the trade industry; my dad was a…


WorldSkills Australia International Competition – 30th Anniversary

In 2018, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the WorldSkills International Competition being held in Australia. The 29th International Youth Skill Olympics was held from the 18th – 21st February 1988 at the then newly opened Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre…


New Chair & Deputy Chair of WorldSkills Australia Announced

At the WorldSkills Australia (WSA) Board meeting held on 18 December 2017, Kevin Harris PSM was unanimously elected to the position of Chair by the WSA Board. The WSA Board also elected Megan Lilly as the Deputy Chair. These new…


Where are they now? Fashion Designer Ashleigh Huntley

Ashleigh Huntley completed a Fashion Technology course at Ultimo TAFE Sydney Institute in December 2012. Originally Ashleigh wanted to be a costume designer but following her studies decided she preferred the fast-paced fashion world and the variety of skills used…


WorldSkills Australia in Abu Dhabi – Wrap Up

The outstanding performances of the 2017 Skillaroos and their Experts at the 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi successfully propelled WorldSkills Australia into the top 10 skill nations in the world. Team Australia and the Skillaroos placed 10th on…


Team Australia Excel at International Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi

The outstanding performances of the 2017 ‘Skillaroos’ and their experts at the 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi has propelled WorldSkills Australia into the top 10 skill nations in the world. The jump from 12th at the 2015 São…


Message from The Hon Karen Andrews MP – Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

The Hon Karen Andrews MP recorded a message to wish the Skillaroos and Team Australia well as they prepared to depart Australia for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.