National Skills Week 2016: That’s a wrap!

The sixth annual National Skills Week was officially launched on 24 August during large public celebration held Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market.

The event was held during the annual night market, where visitors had the opportunity to discover trade and skill-based careers through a variety of sights, sounds and fun activities including a fancy hair and make-up parade by Chisholm and a forestry simulator offered by Federation Training.  WorldSkills Australia’s offerings were very during the event, with visitors dropping by to have their photo taken with their choice of a tool or hat and participate two Try’aSkill activities in bricklaying and floristry offered by the ABBTF and Interflora respectively.

WorldSkills Australia’s current and former competitors were on hand at many events to share their experiences.  Melinda Lethbridge shared her experience competing with WorldSkills Australia and her feelings leading into the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne at the national launch event, while Skillaroos Jessica Martin, Adele Di Bella and Samantha Johnson spoke about their experience representing Australia on the international stage at the NSW launch in Sydney.

“National Skills Week attracted wide support from schools, industry and the VET sector generally along with significant media coverage,” says SkillsOne CEO and WorldSkills Australia Board Chair, Brian Wexham.  “Importantly, profiles and success stories featuring Australian Training Awards Alumni winners and WorldSkills Ambassadors provided inspiring stories and helped to highlight the opportunities and successful career pathways available through Vocational Education and Training.”

National Skills Week continues to grow each year, providing a platform and focus for emerging industries and the skills Australia requires enabling it to compete effectively in a global economy.