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Western Australia Minister for Training and Workforce Development Murray Cowper

WA Apprentices To Compete For National Titles

Victor P Taffa

  • National WorldSkills event to showcase skills in more than 30 trade categories
  • 40 apprentices and trainees, and seven VETiS students compete in Sydney

Forty of Western Australia’s brightest young apprentices and trainees, and seven Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) students, are off to Sydney to compete at the 2012 National WorldSkills event.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper congratulated the high achievers at a recent function at Parliament House and presented them with their certificates of team selection and official team uniforms.

“WorldSkills provides a great opportunity for young Australians to gain new skills while competing against, and learning from, their peers.” Mr. Cowper said.

“WA entrants will compete in more than 30 of the 49 trade skills categories at the national competition.”

“Members of the team are now working with industry mentors to fine tune their skills ahead of their departure on August 28.”

WorldSkills competitions are held on a regional and national basis every two years, with national winners eligible to represent Australia as a ‘Skillaroo’ in the international event, where competitors from 60 countries come together.

“During the last national competition, WA performed exceptionally well, with three apprentices going on to the international event.” the Minister said.

“Apprentice hairdresser Alexis Scott last year won a bronze medal at the international WorldSkills competition in London and, as a WorldSkills Ambassador, inspires other young people to become involved.”

Young WA trainees working across a broad range of industries, including the arts, hospitality, engineering, business and construction, will participate.

WorldSkills also offers a number of ‘Big Brother’ scholarships, each valued at $10,000, giving apprentices and trainees a unique opportunity to travel abroad and train internationally. 

Fact File

  • National competition begins August 30
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