Every two years, more than 500 Regional Competitions are held in 34 regions across Australia. They test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the chance to win gold, silver and bronze medals and go on to compete at a national level. 2017 and 2019 are the next Regional Competition years.
Competitors are the stars of the Regional Competitions show, but training providers, employers, local government, industry, employers, volunteers and sponsoring partners also have important roles to play.
Information for competitors
To be eligible to enter a Regional competition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- be undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship
- be undertaking studies towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE
- undertaken/completed qualification at a RTO/TAFE in the Regional Competition Cycle (For 2017 – 1st March to 31 Oct 2017)
There is no age criteria to enter the Regionals, however to be eligible to proceed to the 2018 National Championships, the National Age Ruling will apply.
You can compete in one of seven skill clusters:
- Construction & Building Technology
- Creative Arts & Fashion
- Information & Communications Technology
- Manufacturing & Engineering Technology
- Social & Personal Services
- Transport & Logistics
- VETiS Competitions
What are the benefits of competing?
Taking part in Regional Competitions offers participants huge benefits and opportunities. These include:
- Striving and being recognised for excellence
- Boosting your workplace skills and performance
- Demonstrating your potential to current and future employers
- Benchmarking your skills against others in your field
- Fast tracking your career and developing skills such as time management and organisation skills
- Building your networking and communication skills through taking direction from industry peers, engaging with industry and peers and working alongside rivals
- Developing your commitment and responsibility through understanding and meeting competition criteria and requirements.
How to compete
Keen to develop your skills and try your hand against the best in Australia? Bring it on! You can nominate yourself, or a teacher, training provider or employer can nominate you. We recommend you discuss taking part with your training providing and employer first.
Information for employers
The competition’s focus on quality standards aligned to industry endorsed training packages means they can be used by employers and training providers to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programs. Content can be tailored to meet local skills demands.
By encouraging your employees to enter a WorldSkills Australia competition, you’re highlighting your organisation’s commitment to raising standards in work-based learning, and contributing to the growth of Australia’s skills culture. It’s also a great opportunity to raise the organisation’s profile in your industry, your community and beyond.
You’ll need to be willing to support your employee with mentoring, time off work to train and compete. In return, you’ll gain a young person who is going above and beyond to be the very best in their profession and add value to your business.
Information for volunteers
When you volunteer with WorldSkills Australia, you’ll make a meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of young Australians. There are a number of ways to become involved as a volunteer, from being a member of a Regional Committee that oversees activities in your region, to mentoring and training young people, to assisting at events.
Information for training providers
By encouraging your students to enter a WorldSkills Australia competition, you’re highlighting your institution’s commitment to raising standards in work-based learning, and contributing to the growth of Australia’s skills culture.
Regional Competitions also provide opportunities for:
- Benchmarking students against the best in Australia
- Promoting your RTO/TAFE as a centre of excellence in skills training and delivery
- Aligning with government’s strategic goals to train, attract and retain a diverse workforce
- Endorsing curriculum and celebrating excellence
- Value adding to curriculum, offering students extracurricular experiences and pathways
- Providing professional development opportunities for staff and lecturers by endorsing and supporting their participation in WorldSkills Australia competition as project designers, mentors, judges and workshop managers
- Raising your institution’s profile in your industry, your community and beyond.
Information for industry partners
Is your organisation interested in supporting the development of Australian training and skills? Did you know that WorldSkills Australia events provide your business with a unique platform to reach new and interest markets?