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Mark Callaghan's Welcome

Dear WorldSkills Australia Supporter,

On the evening of Sunday 21 September 2014, WorldSkills Australia (WSA) celebrated the achievements of an elite group of young Australians – the competitors of the 2014 WSA National Competition. For the first time in 25 years, WSA returned to Perth to stage what is now a major event and a valuable opportunity to highlight the opportunities that exist via a VET pathway and to showcase Australian skills excellence. The Closing Ceremony, which was live streamed for the first time was a fitting end to a highly successful competition....continue reading.

October, 2014

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2014 Printing & Graphic Arts medallists at the Closing Ceremony

Our 2014 National Champions!

Family, friends, judges, volunteers and official guests filled the Riverside Theatre at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for the official Closing Ceremony of the 2014 WSA National Competition. Meanwhile, over 1,000 guests who couldn't be there on the evening tuned-in live via the WorldSkills Australia YouTube channel to watch and celebrate the achievements of the 2014 National competitors as they were called to stage to receive their awards.

The evening took on a brazilian flare to celebrate the next stage of the WorldSkills journey, the international competition which is set to be held in Sao Paulo. Featuring performances from Cordao De Ouro, a renowed Capoeira group and Beleza Samba School who graced the stage with a vibrant and exciting piece of Rio de Janeiro Carnival flavour.

WorldSkills Australia would like to thank Russell Woolf, former drive presenter on 720 ABC Perth, for hosting what was a great evening.

Congratulations to all competitors and medal winners. View the results here.

Check out all the video highlights and imagery from the National Competition!

Representatives from Hunter Region accepting the Evatt Shield from Mark Callaghan, CEO and Tim Taylor, 2013 Automobile Technology Skillaroo

And the award goes to...

Congratulations to all our 2014 Special Awards recipients!

'VETiS Shield' - The Best Performed State:
New South Wales

Tjerk Dusseldorp 'Best in Nation' Award:
Jarett Lim, Wall & Floor Tiling - Perth South, WA

Skills for Sustainability Award:
Painting & Decorating Category

2014 International Expert Of The Year Award:
Paul Condran - Welding

The Evatt Shield Award - The Best Performed Region:
Hunter Region

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A judge’s perspective of the WorldSkills Australia National Competition

25-year-old fitter and turner, and 2012 WSA National Competition gold medallist Stephen Beelitz shared his experience as a first-time judge at the 2014 WSA National Competition in Perth.

In the post, Stephen said “Coming back as a judge has brought back many happy memories – and is definitely a lot more relaxed than being a competitor! Funnily enough though, when the curtains dropped at the opening ceremony to reveal the enormous competition venue for the first time – I almost felt like I was the one about to compete.”

To read Stephen’s post, click here.

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Showcase of Vehicle Painting at the National Competition (Prod. by Axalta Coating Systems)

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WSA Pathway for International Selection

2015 will see the implementation of a new process for the selection of the international team (the Skillaroos) representing Australia at the WorldSkills Competition 2015 (WSC2015) being held in, Sao Paulo, Brazil. WSA is currently in the process of identifying which skills Australia will be representing at the international competition. It is important to note that simply because the skill may have progressed to international competitions in previous years...continue reading.

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To our partners & supporters

WSA would like to extend a sincere thank you to our partners and supporters for their generous contributions to the 2014 WSA National Competition.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment in making these events so successful and for investing in skills excellence and the future workforce leaders of Australia.

To our volunteers

WSA would like to pay tribute to our wonderful family of volunteers who assisted us in making this year's National Competition a great success.

WSA is constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have the support and dedication of our volunteers, and the National Competition was no exception, proving exactly how hardworking and passionate our volunteers are. We are incredibly fortunate to have you all.

Without each and everyone of you WSA wouldn't be the organisation it is today. You are all extremely vital in the success of WSA and for that we thank you.

Thank you to the site crew, judges, project designers, convenors, trainers, team leaders and every other person who generously dedicated countless hours of their own time in ensuring the success and production of the 2014 WSA National Competition.

To our media and event teams

WSA was fortunate to have so many talented students assist us in the lead up to and during the 2014 WSA National Competition!

Thank you to the Broadcast TV students from Central Institute of Technology for successfully capturing the 2014 WSA National Competition, live streaming the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and producing the daily highlight packages.

Thank you to the Event Management students from Edith Cowan University for assisting WSA in delivering and coordinating the 2014 WSA National Competition Closing Ceremony.

Thank you to the BOOM Radio students from Central Institute of Technology for live broadcasting the National Competition. 

Thank you to the students from Challenger Institute of Technology and West Coast Institute for assisting WSA in hosting such a fantastic National Competition.


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2013 WSA Regional Workshop

2014 WorldSkills Australia Regional Workshop

WSA will be hosting the 2014 Regional Workshop on Friday the 14th to Sunday the 16th of November in Melbourne. The purpose of the Regional Workshop is to identify ways to improve the 2015 WSA Regional Competitions and ultimately strengthen the WSA brand, promote skills excellence, build a skills culture and shift perceptions.

Stay tuned to find out the outcomes of the 2014 Regional Workshop. 

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The Australian Training Awards will be held in Adelaide on Friday, 21 November 2014.

Australian Training Awards’ finalists announced

The majority of Australian Training Awards’ finalists have been announced after the conclusion of all state and territory training awards in September.

Among the national finalists is Victorian Apprentice of the Year and fitter and turner, Melinda Lethbridge, who also competed in the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in the Turning category.

WSA would like to wish Melinda and all the finalists the best of luck!

Visit the Australian Training Awards’ website for more information.

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Staff Update

Earlier this month, WSA farewelled two of our National Office staff, Sophie Dusseault and Kylie Philippzig. 

WSA would like to thank Sophie and Kylie for all their hardwork and contributions in the planning and delivery of the 2014 WSA National Competition.

We wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavours.

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We want to hear from you!

This newsletter is about the WorldSkills community, so we would like to hear from you. If you would like to spread your news across Australia contact: Jessamine Laplagne ( at the National Office.

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