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Mark Callaghan's Welcome

Dear WorldSkills Australia Supporter,

It is just over one month since the Closing Ceremony of the 42nd WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany and as each day goes by, I find myself thinking more and more about the achievements of the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos. Set against the backdrop of the biggest International Competition ever with 1,004 competitors (the first time there has been more than 1,000 competitors) from 54 competing nations (there are now 67 member countries in total) competing in front of an estimated 200,000 spectators, the Skillaroos performed well in achieving one gold, two silver, one bronze and 15 Medallions of Excellence. Given the scale of the competition and the ever-increasing competitiveness of all nations, any medal at the international level should be celebrated widely.

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August, 2013

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WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

On July 2nd 2013 Leipzig, Germany opened its doors to thousands upon thousands of guests from all across the world for the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition. The competition was held from July 2nd to 7th at the Leipzig Trade Fair, or “Leipziger Messe”. Over 1,000 competitors, 2,000 experts, 3,000 volunteers and 200,000 visitors converged on Leipzig, making it the biggest WorldSkills International event to date.

The 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos were selected following their performances at the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Sydney. Australia was represented by 31 young, proud and determined skill and trade technicians, who competed in a wide range of categories including Industrial Control, Hairdressing, Polymechanics/Automation and Fashion Technology.

The Skillaroos had nine months to prepare for the worlds largest and most prestigious trade and skill competition. They each trained alongside respective employers, local trainers and WorldSkills Experts, to hone their skills and become both mentally and physically prepared for the event.

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The 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos

The Results

WorldSkills Australia is proud to report another outstanding effort by the Team Australia Skillaroos, a testament to Australia’s exceptional skills standards and vocational education and training system.
The Skillaroos were up against even stronger competition than in previous years with 54 WorldSkills Member countries/regions now competing internationally.

Australia took home 19 medals, including one gold, two silver, one bronze and 15 Medallions of Excellence, securing a ranking as the 13th best nation in the world.

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2013 Skillaroo Timothy Taylor being awarded the gold medal at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.

Congratulations 2013 Medallists


Employer: Ararat Automotive and Agricultural Services
Training Institute: University of Ballarat


Employer: Momofuku Seiobo
Training Institute: TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, Ryde College

Employer: Scagnetti Fine Jewellers
Training Institute: Central Institute of Technology


Employer: Bindaree Beef
Training Institute: TAFE NSW New England Institute, Armidale Campus

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2013 BBM Skilled Futures Program

On the 16th of June, 16 of Australia’s elite trade and skill technicians embarked on a two-week trip of a lifetime to the United Kingdom (UK), after being selected to be part of the BBM Skilled Futures Program. The program saw these highly skilled young professionals participate in a leadership and development program facilitated by Mission Performance.  The program was followed by extensive international work experience, which will enable them to develop and advance further in their trade and industry.

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WorldSkills Australia

National Skills Week 2013

WorldSkills Australia is pleased to announce that our international gold medallist in the Automobile Technology category, Timothy Taylor, will be speaking at the official launch of National Skills Week 2013 on Tuesday the 13th of August in Melbourne.

National Skills week, being held this year between August 26th and September 1st, is an important initiative which focuses on highlighting the opportunities, the achievements and excellence of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

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AuSkills National Business & Industry Collaboration Event

The AuSkills National Business & Industry event is just around the corner but there is still time to register your attendance!

This event will feature keynote presentations from Dr Jason Fox – Making clever happen and Paul Tran – Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador and 2012 National Carpenters Day, Apprentice Carpenter of the Year.

Attendees will also hear from a panel session featuring Timothy Taylor – Automobile Technology, 2013 WorldSkills International gold medallist. The panel will focus on strategies and approaches for education, business and industry to promote Australian Apprenticeships.

Visit the AuSkills website for event details and to register your attendance.

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2013 Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards are celebrating 20 years of acknowledging training excellence at a national level and this year’s awards presentation is an event not to miss!

To be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 22 November 2013, the event will showcase best practice in vocational education and training by registered training organisations, employers, organisations and individuals and reward their contribution to skilling Australia.

To register your seat at the event, download the registration form from the Australian Training Awards website. For more information, phone (02) 6102 8647.

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2013 Regional Competitions Update

Regional Competitions are being held all over Australia and will continue to run until December. There is still time to express your interest to compete. If you, or someone you know, would like to test their skills in a WorldSkills Regional Competition, visit the website for more information.

View upcoming Regional Competitions.

View upcoming Try’aSkill events.

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Volunteer of the Month

A message from Mark Callaghan...

In this edition of the SkillNews, instead of recognising an individual, we felt it was appropriate to recognise a group of WSA volunteers who perform a vital and largely behind the scenes role in the preparation of the Team Australia Skillaroos. An integral part of every skill category team is the local trainer of each of the Team Australia Skillaroos. Often they have been the teacher/trainer of the Skillaroo since they first embarked on their ‘skills’ journey and they have also become a mentor for the Skillaroo. While the International Expert is the Training Manager, in many cases they live and work in a different location to that of the Skillaroo. The local trainer then becomes the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Training Manager and works hard to ensure all training goals are met. They are valuable support for not only the Training Manager, but also the Skillaroo. To all local trainers of the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos, thank you for all your efforts, your commitment and your support. While you are not front and centre during the Competition, rest assured that your work does not go unnoticed and, as I said earlier, you are an integral part of every skill category team.

Congratulations on being the WSA Volunteers of the Month.

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Sponsors Highlight

With the spotlight still well and truly on the WorldSkills International Competition, it is appropriate then that we recognise all sponsors of the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos. The International competition is becoming more competitive and it is becoming harder to win a medal at the International level. In order for Australia to remain competitive at the international level we become even more reliant on the goodwill and support of many sponsors – sponsors who provide financial support allowing us to provide valuable training opportunities as well as in-kind support in ways such as specific training on systems that will be used at the International Competition.

To all sponsors of the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos, thank you. Your support is greatly appreciated and is first-hand evidence of your commitment to skills excellence.

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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: Ana Raica ( at the National Office.

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