Regional talent to test skills in lead up to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Skilled talent from around the globe will come together in Newcastle for the 2017 WorldSkills Australia Global Skills Challenge from 5th to 8th July. The event will pit young people from 15 nations against each other to determine the best in their chosen career by participating in a simulated competition environment.

Over four days, more than 100 young people will compete across 21 different skills – the Vehicle Painting competition is proudly supported by Glasurit.

Peter Jones, Glasurit National Head Trainer, said competitions like this were a great opportunity for young people to practice their skills. “WorldSkills is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence organisation in the world and truly reflects the size and scale of global industry. Through this, and its own training programs, BASF invests in developing the future workforce for automotive refinishing.”

Five competitors, from Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand, will participate in the Vehicle Painting section of the Global Skills Challenge event.

Earlier this year, Glasurit launched a tailor-made training program that uses a customized and flexible training approach to educate bodyshop workers in using the comprehensive Glasurit portfolio of paint systems for refinishing vehicles. Glasurit also works with local training institutions to develop and implement customised training programs under the Glasurit EDUCATE banner.

“The automotive repair and refinishing industry is growing in Australia and we want to show that automotive refinishing is a career with pathways, not just a job,” said Peter.

“Exposing students to programs such as WorldSkills, in addition to our training programs, demonstrates the depth and diversity of our industry.”

WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes that skills drive our future and Australia’s prosperity. Since 1981, it has been the leading voice for skills excellence in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers in Australia and has raised the awareness of hundreds of thousands of young Australians, as well as their parents, industry and employers to the fact that our nation’s future depends on effective skills training systems.

“For the young Australians taking part in this event, this is the final selection process to determine their place in Team Australia Skillaroos. The Skillaroos will travel to the 44th WorldSkills International to be held in Abu Dhabi in October,” said WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd.

Glasurit is proud to support the car painting challenge at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi where 77 member countries and regions will come together from 14–19 October to compete in 51 skill competitions.

In the car painting challenge, competitors must match the colour, shade and texture of the adjoining panels that are not being painted and apply the correct colour formulation. Under timed conditions, vehicles must be refinished to a high standard.

Editor: What a great opportunity for young people selected to represent their country to compete against their peers.

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