Victorian Skillaroos Recognised On World Stage

19 August 2015

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert has today congratulated the six Victorian members of the Australian Skillaroos team who showed off their world class training on the world stage in Brazil.

The six Victorians; Hayley Parker (hairdressing), Dylan Di Martino (plumbing), Dale Fisher (graphic design), Karl Davies (automobile technology), Kelvin Marquand (manufacturing team challenge) and Jyothi Forman (jewellery) were part of the Australian team of 26 who competed at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The team won three Silver medals, including Jyothi Forman, who studied at Melbourne Polytechnic, and two Bronze medals, one of which was Dylan Di Martino, who studied at Victoria University.

Mr Herbert also congratulated the three Victorian members who were awarded a Medallion of Excellence:

  • Hayley Parker (Gordon TAFE)
  • Karl Davies (Federation University)
  • Dale Fisher (RMIT)

Mr Herbert added that Hayley Parker is a finalist in the Community Choice Award, a new category in the 2015 Victorian Training Awards. Head to Link to vote for any of the four finalists.

Mr Herbert said being a member of the national team was a fantastic achievement, and added the six Victorians drew on their training and performed well against 1,200 competitors from 63 countries.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorians to get the job they want through initiatives including:

  • The $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which is investing in new facilities and supporting TAFEs to better meet their obligations to the community
  • $125 million for 10 new Tech Schools to develop job-ready skills that will better connect secondary school students to their futures
  • $50 million for the TAFE Back to Work Fund to support TAFE institutes to partner with industry to deliver 7000 new apprenticeships and traineeships in growing and emerging industries
  • The independent VET Funding Review, which is developing a more sustainable and stable funding model to better meet the skills needs of Victorians for the long-term
  • Implementing all 19 recommendations of the Review of Quality Assurance in Victoria’s VET System to improve training quality and restore student and employer confidence

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“Very few people have the opportunity to represent their country on the world stage and to have that opportunity is a testament to Victoria’s training system.”

“Our work to build a better TAFE and Training System for all Victorians, as part of the Education State, will ensure that young people will have every opportunity to get a job.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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