Like the Olympics, WorldSkills Australia competition activity begins at grass roots level, in competitions held in one of 34 regions around Australia. Competitors are able to progress to competing at national and international levels, in front of over 200,000 people. That’s gold!
More than 50 trades and skills from seven skill clusters are represented at a WorldSkills competition. Learn more about competition skills.
Competitions are designed by industry and skills experts who assess an individual’s knowledge, practical competence and employability skills against a set of strict criteria.
Taking part is about more than winning a medal
We create opportunities for young men and women to become the very best versions of themselves possible.
When young Australians compete at WorldSkills – whether it’s at a regional, national or international competitions – they’re fostering their communication, teamwork, organisation and leadership skills. They’re empowering themselves with the most elite skillset they possibly can, and preparing for future success, whatever careers path they eventually travel.
Past competitors are invited to become a WorldSkills Australia Alumni, and join a network of professionals who act as inspirational role models delivering careers advice to young people interested in skills and trades based apprenticeships and careers in Australia.
From Australia to the world
VETiS students, students, apprentices, and trainees can enter the Regionals, which test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ Australian apprentices, trainees and students under the age of 23. More than 500 events take place in 34 regions around the country.
The National Championships bring regional winners from participating industries together, and is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition. In 2016, 500+ competitors from all around the country competed in 60 trade and skills categories.
Every two years we send a highly trained team, the Skillaroos, to compete against 76 member countries for the title of the world’s most skilled country at an International Competition. The next International Competition will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 14-19 October 2017.
WorldSkills competitions operates on a two-yearly cycle
2017 and 2019 are the next Regional and International competition years.
2018 and 2020 are the next National Championships years.
All students, apprentices, and trainees enrolled in accredited courses with an RTO or TAFE can enter the Regionals. To be eligible to proceed to the 2018 National Championships, competitors must be aged under 24 or be born on or after 1 January 1994.
The 2019 WorldSkills International Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019. Competitors must be born on or after 1 January 1997, with the exception of competitors in Mechatronics and the Manufacturing Team Challenge, who must be born on or after 1 January 1994.