Worldskills Australia National Championships to still go ahead

Apprentices, trainees and students from around the nation will showcase their talents at the highly anticipated 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show, with the event moving to accommodate travel restrictions by introducing satellite sites around the country.

The competition’s format has been adapted to ensure the hotly anticipated event goes ahead, with the championships originally set to bring apprentices, trainees and students from every state to WA from the 26th – 28th of August.

Competitors from states like New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland will now be able to participate from their home state, competing in a series of exciting challenges for a chance to win gold, silver or bronze and become Australia’s national champion in their chosen skill.

Thousands of school children are already registered to attend the championships at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, giving them the opportunity to explore the large array of careers available in the VET sector. Members of the public can also be part of the excitement, and can register to attend at

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the Try’aSkill demonstrations, where they can try their hand at different trades and skills.

The following industries will be represented at the championships and showcased for the public to try:

  • Transport & Logistics
  • Construction & Building
  • Metals & Engineering
  • Hospitality & Social Services
  • Digital & IT
  • Creative Arts & Fashion

The National Championships and Skills Show is co-located with the SkillsWest Careers & Employment Expo, and occurs during National Skills Week.

In addition to these in-person events and competitions, WorldSkills Australia is also launching WSA Live – a livestreaming and video-on-demand experience that will allow people to immerse themselves in the excitement of competition from their own homes.

Championing skills excellence at a grass roots level in vocational, technological, and service-oriented careers is more critical than ever before.

Trevor Schwenke, CEO of WorldSkills Australia said, “The decision to incorporate satellite sites into the WorldSkills National Championships & Skills Show was not taken lightly but was made on the most up to date health and travel advice. We worked in collaboration with the Western Australian Government and with their continuing support, we believe we have a model that will still showcase skills excellence across Australia as well as placing the highest priority on the health and safety of our event competitors, volunteers, partners and visitors”.

Gold, silver and bronze medallists from each competition will be announced at the Closing Ceremony, to be held after the event.

The National WorldSkills event is proudly funded by the Western Australia Government and WorldSkills Australia partners.