WorldSkills Australia recently launched the Regional Competition in Melbourne, the city which will host the 2023 National Competition. The “regionals” will run through to November this year and category winners will be invited to compete in Melbourne with a spot on the International Team for Lyon in 2024 potentially up for grabs.
WorldSkills Australia CEO Trevor Schwenke hosted the event held at the Park Hyatt where almost 200 guests and sponsors had the opportunity to mix and mingle an meet the movers and shakers behind WorldSkills Australia.
Schwenke introduced WorldSkills Australia Chair, Kevin Harris who opened with an Acknowledgement of Country, welcomed VIPs – who he said was everyone who made WorldSkills happen – but singled out industry partners including Axalta Coating Systems. Harris also thanked his board, the executive team at WorldSkills and the thousands of volunteers who make it all happen.
“The Regional Competition is the grassroots of the program, the platform on which we develop new industry skills and benchmark ourselves against international standards. Supported by investment from enterprise partners we are able to create real value through our success on the global stage,” said Harris
Harris went on to highlight the three strategic objectives of the program:
- Increase participation in high quality skills development.
- Increase expertise in skills development practitioners.
- Benchmark Australian skills against global standards
WorldSkills Australia continues to enhance its sustainability and relevance through data that provides a whole raft of benefits to industry partners, all of whom recognise the benefits of being involved in such a prestigious program. Steven Brett, Managing Director Axalta Australia and New Zealand said: “We are extremely pleased to continue our involvement with the WorldSkills community supporting skills excellence and engaging with the youth of Australia. Developing the next generation of industry talent is core to the success of our industry.”
Current Skilleroos are preparing for the International Competition in Shanghai between 12 and 17 October this year and it is expected they will go into a “bubble” to ensure their health and safety during the ongoing pandemic.
Schwenke went on to discuss the recent Impact Study that it had commissioned to better understand the impact that the WorldSkills program has on the individual competitor and the value it affords its judges, trainers, mentors and industry partners.