Regional Competitions return to the Pilbara Region

On the 24th and 25th of September WorldSkills Australia General Manager Conny Wilson, made the journey to Western Australia’s North West region to attend the Port Hedland Business Services Regional Competition and the Karratha Fitting Regional Competition.

WorldSkills Australia is excited to see the Pilbara Institute running regional competitions again for the first time in over a decade. As part of the Karratha Regional Competition, seven mechanical fitting apprentices were required to complete a series of projects that showcased their current skills and knowledge, with the hope of progressing to the national level.

In Port Hedland, Conny Wilson was invited to visit BHP, where she was able to enjoy a site tour from Mary-Ann Tierney, BHP Apprentices representative for the region. Conny also met with Jade Drew from Woodside Petroleum, as well as competition judges, teachers and supporters, where she was able to talk about the benefits of participating in WSA competitions and gain a better understanding of category project designs and requirements.

Conny was able to gain insights into how WSA can further assist young apprentices, and how WSA can work more closely with training organisations and their staff.

As a result, WSA together with VETnetwork, will be hosting an AuSkills breakfast, where all apprentices from mining companies will be invited to attend.