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Mark Callaghan's Welcome

Dear WorldSkills Australia Supporter,

Recently, WorldSkills Australia (WSA) staged the 2013 Global Skills Challenge (GSC) in Perth. This event has become a significant event in the WSA calendar as an extremely valuable training exercise for the Team Australia Skillaroos as they prepare for the demands and challenges of the International Competition. With only seven weeks until the Skillaroos depart for Germany, the GSC provided a renewed focus for the final stages of training, highlighting areas that require further attention. From that point of view, it has been invaluable.

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May, 2013

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2013 Global Skills Challenge Recap

The 2013 Global Skills Challenge (GSC) officially came to an end the evening of Friday May 3rd, when over 200 guests converged at the Duxton Hotel to bid farewell, bon voyage and mempunyai perjalanan bagus, to their new international friends. The Duxton Ballroom was filled with WorldSkills themed balloons, relief, excitement and many newly formed friendships. It was a fitting conclusion for the exhilarating week which preceded it...

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View photos from the Global Skills Challenge.

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Thank you to our supporters

It is befitting that this month’s edition of the SkillNews coincides with 2013 National Volunteer Week as we have many people to thank for the success of the recent Global Skills Challenge, in particular the volunteers.

It is without hesitation that we acknowledge the tireless efforts of our dedicated volunteers and supporters who each contributed to the 2013 GSC, Perth. Our volunteers give up countless hours of their time to ensure that materials are present, category areas are set up and that competitors are ready to compete. Hence, WorldSkills events would not happen without their expertise and dedication.

Another special thank you goes out to our sponsors that generously provided equipment and materials for the competition. Without these, our competitors would not have been able to test their skills in preparation for what awaits them in July.

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Thank you to Polytechnic West

WorldSkills Australia would like to take this opportunity to thank Polytechnic West for their support in helping to facilitate the 2013 GSC, an invaluable training excercise and international showcase. Polytechnic West generously opened its doors to make the GSC a possibility. The event took place across not one, but three fantastic campuses, showcasing to all, the world-class facilities available at Polytechnic West.

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GSC Video Highlight

Enjoy highlights from the 2013 Global Skills Challenge, Perth!

View more videos from the 2013 Global Skills Challenge.

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WorldSkills Australia

The 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos need your help to get their tools to Germany!

12 days left to donate!

The 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos need your help to get their THREE TONNES OF TOOLS to Germany for the International Competition.

With only 12 days left of the Team Bus fundraising campaign, WorldSkills Australia is urging all supporters to make a contribution - no donation is too small.

The Skillaroos' tools are crucial to their success at the International Competition and the transportation of all 32 toolboxes is both logistically complex and expensive. We need your help to raise the $50,000 needed to get these tools to Germany.

There are many great rewards on offer including Team Australia memorabilia and online or print recognition of your donation

Make your contribution today or call the National Office on (03) 9249 1000 for assistance on how to donate

WorldSkills Australia
WorldSkills Australia

Regional Competition Update

Regional Competitions are happening all across the country in 2013. It is expected that over 500 competitions will run in the 30 WSA Regions. Those successful may be invited to compete in the 2014 WSA National Competition.

Competitions have been running since February, and there are plenty more yet to take place. If you, or someone you know, would like to enter a WSA Regional Competition, visit the WorldSkills Australia website to find out how. The first step is to locate your Main Regional Coordinator. You can also register your interest for a competition via the website.

See what's coming up in your Region.

Don't miss out on your chance to compete. Remember - it all begins with a WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition.

WorldSkills Australia

Rotary Adopts a Skillaroo

As part of an MOU signed between WorldSkills Australia and Rotary District 9750 in 2012, the Rotary Club of Wollongong has embarked on an Adopt a Skillaroo program!

The Rotary Club of Wollongong has announced that it will be ‘adopting’ Mathew McGlashan, 2013 Skillaroo and member of the three man Manufacturing Team Challenge category. The Rotary Club will provide support for Mathew, who will be heading to Germany in July to compete in the WorldSkills International Competition.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Wollongong for its support of WorldSkills Australia and the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos.

WorldSkills Australia
WorldSkills Australia

AuSkills Brisbane - Skills for Success

AuSkills is coming to Brisbane!

Register today for the free breakfast seminar. The event will be held at the Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre on May 30 from 7am.

Hear from past apprentices, trainers and professionals each involved in the apprenticeship space. Learn about the long term benefits of apprenticeships and vocational education and training pathways from the people who are at the forefront of the industry.

Bring along parents, friends, students or anyone who is looking to enter a trade or skill based career.

Register your attendance.

AuSkills is a joint initiative between WorldSkills Australia and VETnetwork Australia and has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

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IVETA Conference

VETnetwork Australia and IVETA (International Vocational Education & Training Association) are hosting the 2013 IVETA Conference from the 14th to the 16th of August in Melbourne. The Conference is themed “Global Learning - expanding the boundaries of e-learning in the global TVET community”.

Click here for more information on the 2013 IVETA Conference.

WorldSkills Australia
WorldSkills Australia

2013 Australian Training Awards


The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising organisations, training providers and individuals for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Do you know someone providing outstanding leadership in VET or an employer of Australian Apprentices that is constantly thinking outside the square? Well nominate and help them to receive the recognition they deserve.

Click here to view all of the awards on offer. Entries close Friday, 31 May 2013.

To find out more, visit the Australian Training Awards website.

WorldSkills Australia

Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations Ron Simeon!

Ron Simeon is a longstanding member of the WorldSkills Australia family. He has worn many hats during his time as a WSA volunteer including, regional, national and international project designer and judge. In more recent years he has been the Chief Judge at both regional and national levels and he currently holds the position as a WorldSkills Expert. Ron is also an avid fundraiser, organising charity golf days to raise funds for his category.

When he is not fishing or playing golf, Ron is either tiling or training up future wall and floor tilers either through this role at WorldSkills or as a TAFE teacher at Polytechnic West. His involvement with WSA reflects his passion for youth and the future of his industry.

WorldSkills Australia would like to thank Ron for his continued support. He has been a role model and mentor to many and he continues to generously give his time to training the next generation of wall and floor tilers.


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Sponsor Highlight

Service Skills Australia is one of 11 industry skills councils and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. It represents a range of industry sectors, including retail and wholesale, sport, fitness, travel, tours, restaurants and catering, hairdressing, beauty and floristry.

Their objective is to consult and engage with industry, training organisations, government and other stakeholders to develop and support the implementation of nationally recognised training products that respond to industry skill needs.

Service Skills Australia is a proud support of the 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos who will be competing at the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition, Leipzig.

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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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