National Manufacturing Week

National Manufacturing Week will play host to Mechatronics and Welding competitions as WorldSkills Australia aims to discover the country’s next generation of champions.

WorldSkills competitions celebrate excellence while creating opportunities for young people, who are passionate about their skills and training, to test themselves against their peers.

Throughout 2019, thousands of apprentices, trainees and students will take part in one of the hundreds of skill competitions to be held across Australia, in more than 50 skill areas from Plumbing, Cooking and Beauty Therapy to STEM-focused skills such as Cloud Computing, 3D Game Design, and IT Systems and Networking.

A WorldSkills Mechatronics and Welding competition will run simultaneously across the three days at National Manufacturing week each facilitating three one-day competitions in Melbourne. This is an exciting first for WSA, and has been made possible through support from the Victorian Government. The competitor’s competition projects are judged by industry experts providing an insightful exploration into their skill level.

The Welding competition is assessed to strict industry standard codes to ensure a high level of quality is obtained and covers a range of welding processes and materials. While mechatronics competitors will test their ability with programmable controllers and fault finding the core skills required of those who wish to work in this fast-paced and exciting industry sector.

Winners of the WorldSkills competition may be invited to take part in Australia’s biggest skills excellence competition, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, that will take place in 2020.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said: “We have been committed to empowering excellence in young Australians since 1981 and competitions continue to identify and celebrate outstanding young apprentices and trainees. Through our national program of skills competitions, WorldSkills creates life-changing opportunities, by promoting a skills-based culture and showcasing vocational training”. Mr Judd added, “By hosting these events, we are investing in the future of young Australians.”


Victorian State Government, Festo, Lincoln Electric, Supagas and Weld Australia.