Hundreds of young men and women from across Australia will this week showcase their skills at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition – the country’s largest trades and skills competition.
The competition, which the Andrews Labor Government has contributed $1.75 million towards, will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from tomorrow until Saturday.
More than 600 competitors from across Australia will compete in fields including landscape construction, baking, floristry and web design.
Among the competitors will be 60 Victorian finalists – showing off the skills they’ve learnt at high quality TAFEs, private training providers and schools.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert, who helped launch the competition at the Opening Ceremony this afternoon, said WorldSkills is an opportunity to showcase Victoria’s training system on the national stage.
National winners will have the opportunity to go on to become Skillaroos, representing Australia at the next international WorldSkills competition which will be held in Abu Dhabi next year.
Entrance to the event is free with a train running to the Showgrounds from Flinders Street Station.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert
“WorldSkills provides an opportunity for young Australians to demonstrate their skills and a chance for Victoria to showcase our world-class TAFEs and high quality private training providers to the rest of the country.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victorians are getting the high quality training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
“With an unprecedented infrastructure build and rapid transformation of industries, it’s never been more important to provide high quality skills for our future workforce.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020