Message From The CEO

Preparing for a Globally Skilled Future

Next month WorldSkills Australia will welcome 15 nations to Newcastle for the Global Skills Challenge. After these four-days of competition we will know who amongst our Skills Squad will be going to Abu Dhabi as a member of the 2017…

20/06/2017

Letter of thanks to our volunteers

Dear Volunteers, THANK YOU On behalf of the Board, staff and competitors of WorldSkills Australia we’d like to say THANK YOU for everything that you do. The countless hours you freely give to organising and running competitions, as well as…

07/05/2017

Message from the CEO: Skill Excellence in India

The involvement of WorldSkills is central to the development of trade and skill excellence in India. As part of a larger mission to inspire young people to showcase their talent in a fostering and collaborative environment, the strong ongoing relationship…

18/04/2017

Message from the CEO: The future of skills

If Australia is to successfully maintain a robust, competitive economy and develop the right skills for the future, we must recognise the changes, challenges, and opportunities our current workforces are experiencing and accept that that many of the jobs that…

14/02/2017

Message from the CEO: Volunteers are the lifeblood of WorldSkills Australia

2016 has been a whirlwind of activity, with all hands on deck preparing for the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition being held in Melbourne from 6-8 October at Melbourne Showgrounds. WorldSkills Australia has been around for 35 years and in…

13/09/2016

Message from the CEO: Industry can be VET’s greatest champion

We are almost halfway through the year and the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne is only five months away.  I am excited to see what over 500 of the nation’s best young apprentices, trainees and students bring to the…

09/05/2016

Message from the CEO: Opening the door to potential

Happy New Year! 2015 is well behind us, and we’re looking forward to an exciting year as we prepare to welcome over 500 young apprentices, trainees and students who will compete at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne on…

08/02/2016

December 2015: Year in review

It is at this time of year, as we rapidly approach the holiday season, that we all take stock of the year that has gone before us. As I write this and think back on 2015, I can’t help but…

07/12/2015

September-November 2015: Ensuring young Australians have opportunities for the jobs of the future

By: Mark Callaghan, CEO The last three months have flown by for WorldSkills Australia.  Two years of dedication to training and  skills excellence culminated in the ultimate challenge for Australia’s best young apprentices, trainees and students in August as the…

05/10/2015

Today is World Youth Skills Day

By: Mark Callaghan In November 2014, the United Nations declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day. This UN designated day aims to create greater awareness of the importance of vocational education and training (VET) and the development of skills…

14/07/2015

June-August 2015: Education nurtures Australian towns

It’s June and the first half of 2015 has flown by. Young apprentices, trainees and students are going for gold at WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions across the country in the hopes of following in the footsteps of the 2015 Skillaroos…

25/06/2015

February Update

As this is the first SkillNews for 2015 I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year. While everyone I’m sure has been back at work for many weeks now, I hope that you enjoyed a relaxing break. In…

15/02/2015

December Update

Another year is fast drawing to a close and I am sure everyone is looking forward to a well earned rest over the Christmas/New Year period. It has been another very busy year for WSA with the 2014 WSA National…

09/12/2014

November Update

At times in our working lives, especially working in an ever more challenging environment, it is easy to lose sight of why we do what we do. Over the last week, I had the opportunity to lead a team to…

18/11/2014

October Update

On the evening of Sunday 21 September 2014, WorldSkills Australia (WSA) celebrated the achievements of an elite group of young Australians – the competitors of the 2014 WSA National Competition. For the first time in 25 years, WSA returned to…

14/10/2014

September Update

As you read this, final preparations are being made for the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Perth. While we are busily coordinating the delivery of the millions of dollars of equipment and materials as well as setting ourselves for…

11/09/2014

August Update

Earlier this month, WorldSkills Australia released the results of a National survey on the understanding and perceptions of Vocational Education and Training (VET). With one in four Australians not knowing what is meant by the term “vocational education and training”,…

14/08/2014

July Update

Late last month, the Minister for Industry, the Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP outlined his vision “for a more accessible and responsive national training system that gives businesses the skilled workers they need now, and into the future”. Speaking at the…

06/07/2014

June Update

On the 20th-22nd of May, the first WSA National Competition for 2014 was held with the running of the Refrigeration National Competition in conjunction with ARBS in Melbourne. Putting on an event such as the Refrigeration National Competition requires a…

09/06/2014

MAY UPDATE

On the evening of Thursday the 8th of May I was privileged to be able to attend the 2014 Australian Construction Achievement Awards in Brisbane (ACAA). Throughout the night we witnessed six major construction projects that have cost billions of…

12/05/2014