Honours for regional skill and trade competitors

Date: 01 December 2015

State's best apprentices, trainees and students rewarded

Opportunity to represent State in National WorldSkills competition


Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said they tested their skills against peers during regional WorldSkills events, with gold, silver and bronze medals presented to the top achievers at an award ceremony today. 

 

Congratulating the medal recipients, Mrs Harvey said today's ceremony was the culmination of competitions held in regional and metropolitan areas over the past eight months. 

 

Eligible medallists will now have the chance to represent Western Australia in the national competition to be held in Melbourne in October 2016, as members of Team WA. 

 

WA sent two team members to the 2015 international competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Joseph Pauley winning the silver medal in his category and being awarded 'Best of Nation' as the Australian competitor winning by the greatest margin.  

 

"WA is expected to field its biggest team yet for the national competition because of significant interest from competitors in regional areas," the Minister said. 

 

More than 500 people under the age of 23 took part in the WA events, competing in almost 40 open and Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) categories. 

 

Mrs Harvey said there was a large increase in the number of competitions held around the State this year, particularly in VETiS categories, which recorded a 150 per cent jump in competitor numbers. 

 

Several new competitions were also added to this year's schedule, including VETiS Bricklaying, which was introduced as a demonstration event.  Its popularity has prompted WorldSkills Australia to also include it in the national competition.  Another stand-out event was vehicle painting, in which five out of six medallists were women. 

 

"WorldSkills competitions showcase skills excellence and promote vocational education and training pathways as a first-choice career option," the Minister said. 

 

Fact File

  • WorldSkills competitions are held over a two-year cycle, showcasing skills excellence at State, national and international levels
  • Participation in WA regional competitions has grown, with 17 events taking place in 2015 compared to 14 in 2013

 

Minister's office - 6552 5900

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