Western Australians head to Abu Dhabi for Skills Olympics

Date: 09 October 2017

Australia's finest tradies, the Skillaroos, are on their way to Abu Dhabi for the WorldSkills International Competition

Three young Western Australians are on their way to Abu Dhabi to put years of hard work to the test representing Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International Competition.  


The WorldSkills International Competition is the pinnacle for young skilled professionals working in a trade or vocational field and attracts competitors from around the world. 


Representing WA in the Australian team is South Metropolitan TAFE-trained vehicle painter Dusti-lee Franchi, 22, from South Lake; 3D digital game artist Alex Schmidt, 21, from Parmelia who trained at North Metropolitan TAFE; and cabinet-maker Nick Johnston, 20, from Roelands who trained with South Regional TAFE. 


Nick Johnston is the first Western Australian cabinet-maker to qualify for the international leg of the competition and was also a finalist in the recent WA Training Awards.


The Skillaroos were farewelled at a special ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney on the weekend and will arrive in Abu Dhabi today (October 9).


The WorldSkills International Competition runs from October 14-19, 2017. More than 3,000 participants representing 77 countries will compete in 51 trades and skills. Australia, currently ranked 12th in the world, is aiming to finish in the top 10 this year.


Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


"The WorldSkills International Competition gives our most talented tradespeople the opportunity to show their abilities on the world stage, while inspiring others to potentially gain a qualification themselves.


"The Western Australian Skillaroos are all deserving of their place on the international team and should be proud of their achievements so far.


"The McGowan Government recognises a healthy vocational education and training sector is at the forefront of job creation. More than $90 million will be spent over the next four years to enhance our training system and maximise training and job opportunities in the State."


Minister's office - 6552 5700

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