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Published on May 4th 2018 in

Skills Show Australia 2018

The largest and best skills show for young Australians, their families and their educators.

WorldSkills Australia will this year proudly present Australia’s flagship skills and trades event, Skills Show Australia 2018, in Sydney. Proudly funded by the NSW Government, the Skills Show is the only vocational education and training (VET) focused event in Australia. Skills Show Australia 2018 will take place from June 2 to 4 and is expected to attract thousands of Australian and international visitors, industry leaders and local spectators.

The Skills Show is a celebration of trades, skills, vocational education and training and above all – industry excellence. Visitors to the Show will be provided with an opportunity to discover future careers through interactive events, demonstrations and competitions.

The Skills Show will also play host to Australia’s most prestigious skills and trade competition, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018. Hundreds of young people from across Australia will compete to be recognised as the nation’s best in about 50 different vocational skills from carpentry, bricklaying and construction through to auto body repair, welding and cookery. Each competitor will be vying for the opportunity to represent Australia in the 45th WorldSkills Competition, to be held in Kazan, Russia, in 2019.

Must-sees at the Skills Show

Australia’s skills and trades culture is undergoing a resurgence. Are you ready to explore what the future might hold for your industry? Come and immerse yourself in an interactive world of trades and skills opportunities spread across three inspiring days. The Skills Show is an opportunity to connect with current and future leaders in your industry through interactive events, workshops, and hands on trades and skills focused activities. You’ll also be able to meet and chat with hundreds of industry and education experts and get inside info on developments in the vocational education sector.

The national championships – witness Australia’s best young tradies in action

Every two years, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships event is an electrifying culmination of months of training for hundreds of the nation’s best young tradespeople. Each competitor has trained and studied to earn their spot to compete in the national circuit after medaling at a regional level. The competitors come from across Australia and represent dozens of trades and skills from a diverse range of industries. Come and witness the next generation of skilled tradespeople in their element.

Autobody Repair Competitors

The Autobody Repair competition will have three competitors vying for gold, silver and bronze between 2 to 4 June. Competitors will represent three different regions from around the country including Central Victoria, Sydney and the Hunter.


Want to learn something new? Participants can observe and experience an unmatched variety of skilled trade and technology careers, by watching the competitions, then participating in Try’aSkill demonstrations and networking with hundreds of industry and education experts.

Tech Hub

How will technology affect the trades of today, and tomorrow? The Skills Show Tech Hub will provide visitors with the latest and greatest in STEM research and innovations, including demonstrations and presentations from AWS (Amazon Web Services) and VEX Robotics.

Skills Pathway Expo

What current training options are out there ensuring your industry is in high demand? The Skills Pathway Expo has been specifically designed by Velg Training and WorldSkills Australia to provide an opportunity for those visiting Skills Show Australia 2018 to make immediate and direct connections to RTOs who offer nationally recognised qualification vocational pathways.

What young tradies are saying

“The rewards aren’t medals and glory, it’s about your personal achievements and life experience by being involved with such an amazing organization.” Dylan di Martino – 2015 Skillaroo, International Bronze Medallist in Plumbing

“I’m fortunate to have realised my dream of working in the industry I love but never realised I could always compete nationally and actually represent Australia. It’s an amazing experience.” Gaby Ware – Best in Nation, Abu Dhabi 2017

“With the opportunities I have been presented through my WorldSkills journey and with my ongoing learning in the building industry, I wouldn’t see a need for me to study at Uni any time soon.” Josh Morrissey – 2017 Skillaroo, Abu Dhabi 2017

About the Skills Show

The Skills Show Australia 2018 in Sydney is a free event will be held on Saturday June 2nd, Sunday June 3rd and Monday June 4th at the ICC Sydney.

Registrations are open online at www.skillsshow.org.au

WorldSkills Australia, which was formed in 1981, is a social enterprise that passionately believes skills drive the future of young people, and of Australia. They promote and build a skills culture, celebrate excellence and showcase vocational education and training.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd: “The main goal for us is with the Skills Show is to promote skills excellence and demonstrate the importance of VET as a pathway for young people to consider. We are striving to be key drivers in helping our future workforce better understand the skills they need to adapt to the demands of a changing economy, all within a fun and interactive environment.”

NSW Government

VET offers pathways to more than 500 careers, including in many areas predicted to have skills shortages in the future. To support industry and the community, the NSW Government provides subsidised training for eligible students through its Smart & Skilled program. For more information, visit VET.nsw.gov.au

Photos and footage by WorldSkills Australia. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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