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Mark Callaghan's Welcome

Dear WorldSkills Australia Supporter,

As this is the first SkillNews for 2014, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that the year has started well for you.

2014 is shaping as a big year for WorldSkills Australia (WSA) and indeed for the broader skills community. While we all wait to see what impact the changes in funding and models of delivery of VET will have, particularly amongst the TAFE sector and while we wait to see what the impact of companies pulling out of or greatly reducing their presence in Australia, one matter around skills remains constant. We are still faced with a lack of a skills respect culture in Australia. Not enough is being done to promote the status of skills or trade based careers – amongst young Australians, their parents, school teachers and careers advisers.

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February, 2014

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2014 WorldSkills Australia National Refrigeration Competition

This year the WorldSkills Australia National Refrigeration Competition will be held in conjunction with the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) Trade Exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 20-22.

The National Refrigeration Competition will see 10 of Australia’s best young refrigeration technicians not only battle it out for the coveted gold medal and the prestigious title of ‘Nation’s Best’ but also the chance to become a 2015 Team Australia Skillaroo.

​Click here for more information.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2014 National Refrigeration Competitors.

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2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition - 'The Ultimate Skills Challenge'

The 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition will be held at Perth’s Convention and Exhibition Centre between the 18th and 20th of September. The three day event will showcase the skills of 500 of Australia’s best trainees, apprentices and students competing for the prestigious title of ‘Nation’s Best’ in over 50 trade and skill areas.

The National Competition will also feature 30 interactive Try’aSkill programs and demonstrations, where visitors can try their hand at various skill and trade areas including Hairdressing, Carpentry, Bricklaying and many more.

Visitors will also be provided with the opportunity to explore hundreds of career options at the Skills West Expo held in conjunction with the National Competition.

Click here for more information.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2014 National Competitors.

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Less than 250 days to go

The countdown has begun. As of today, there are only 218 days until the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition takes over Perth! Check out our sneak peak video to get a taste of what's coming..

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Who are our National Competitors?

Over the next 12 weeks we will be profiling 12 competitors from across Australia, who will be representing their regions at the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Perth.

WorldSkills Australia is excited to reveal our first six National Competitors of 2014:

Donna Paull, Victoria Park, WA – Painting and Decorating
Sam Barratt, Sandford, TAS – Bricklaying
Tom Barratt, Sandford, TAS – Carpentry
Emily Turner, Diamond Creek, VIC – Fashion Technology
Mick Ivey, Wanneroo, WA - Wall and Floor Tiling
Samantha Kelly, Nuriootpa, SA - Jewellery

WHO WILL BE NEXT? Find out Monday!

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Registrations are now open for the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Perth.

Click here to register your attendance and to receive all of the latest news about the National Competition.

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WorldSkills Australia has partnered with Australian Industry Group to deliver the innovative Engineering Excellence Team Challenge Competition. The team challenge will run over three days, as part of the 2014 WSA National Competition. Competitors involved in the challenge will be representing 10 Registered Training Organisations from across Australia. Each team will consist of a Heavy Fabrication (Construction Steelwork) apprentice and a Fitter and/or Turner apprentice. The teams of two will work together to build a ‘Hammer Crane’ over the three days of competition.

Check out a short animation of the Hammer Crane here.

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China bound woodies

By: Steve Bulman

Opportunities on offer to members of our WorldSkills family do not cease at the end of a competition cycle. Such is the case for Cabinetmaker Brett Cahill and Joiner Lukas Page, who will be off to Fujian Province, China in the middle of March to participate in a week long skill and wood culture extravaganza.

Quite out of the blue, the International Wood Culture Society forwarded an invitation to Brett, 2013 Cabinetmaking Skillaroo, to attend the 2014 World Wood Day International Competition an event in Xianyou, with representatives from 50 countries. The invitation stated “your participation in the 2013 WorldSkills Competition has greatly convinced us that you are an ideal participant.”

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BOC WTIA Young Tradesperson of the Year Award

Are you a motivated young tradesperson in a welding or welding-related role? Would you value learning more about the industry to further your career? How about an expenses paid, hosted trip to the IIW Annual Assembly in Seoul, Korea in July, 2014?

The BOC WTIA Young Tradesperson of the Year Award is awarded to a young tradesperson (under 25) who shows evidence of having made significant progress in their welding career.

The award winner will receive an expenses-paid trip in July 2014, hosted by BOC and WTIA. They will be taken to Seoul, Korea, to attend the 67th IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference and meet leading people in welding-related industries from around the world, hear technical papers and partake in industrial visits to key Korean companies and organisations to see the latest innovations and technologies.

Entries close on Wednesday 26 February 2014. Click here to go straight to the application form.
Don’t miss out – send your application in now!
All enquiries can be directed to Donna South at WTIA – 02 8748 0107 or

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Be Recognised Nationally: 2014 Australian Training Awards

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

Applicants may have the opportunity to reach the national stage in November this year and gain Australia-wide recognition for the work they do.

Find out the Australian Training Awards direct entry categories here.

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AuSkills App

The AuSkills Mobile Application (App) is available for download for Android at Google Play and the Apple App store!

The AuSkills App, serves as a careers search resource for careers advisors and job seekers.
Included in the AuSkills App are profiles of a wide range of trades and skills, engaging videos of people working in the industry, a snapshot of potential career opportunities and links to information of over 4000 vocational education and training courses being offered around Australia.

Download the AuSkills App NOW to find a career pathway suited for you!

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Take the Gen Green 4 Survey Now!

Are you an apprentice or trainee? Perhaps you teach apprentices or trainees? If so, WorldSkills Australia strongly encourages you to spend 10 -15 minutes completing the Gen Green 4 Survey. This is your chance to have your voice heard on the topic of skills for sustainability and to assist WSA in shaping our future programs.

Click here to access the survey.

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Dion Iori and David Corrigan, 2013 Joinery Skillaroo, at the 2012 Training Camp.

Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations Dion Iori!

Dion is a cabinetmaking and joinery teacher at the Allied Timber Trades section at TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute’s, Lidcombe College. Dion first became involved with WorldSkills through his role as a judge at a regional level in 2005. Since then he has held roles including, Site Crew, Convenor, National Judge, Project Designer, Trainer and International Expert.

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Sponsor Highlight

WorldSkills Australia (WSA) has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Refrigerant Reclaim Australia which has spanned over 15 years.

In addition to their core aim, which is to improve the industry’s environmental performance by reducing the level of emissions of refrigerants through its take-back program, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia is also concerned with raising the profile, status and skill-standards of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry.

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Partnership Opportunities

With over 40,000 visitors expected to attend the National Competition and links to a network over 1.7 million VET students nationally, a partnership with WorldSkills Australia can offer your company or organisation access to Australia’s most unique and uncontested marketing platform.

If you are interested in supporting our nation’s largest and most prestigious trade and skill competition and becoming part of the WorldSkills Australia family, please contact Sam Fielke ( the National Sponsorship Manager at the National Office.

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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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