WA WorldSkills medallists applauded

It was a morning of celebration on Tuesday 21 November as over 600 people travelled from all over Western Australia to applaud the achievements of the 2017 WorldSkills WA regional competition medallists. The breakfast ceremony was opened by Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, who praised the talent of the 150 medallists that competed across 22 different trade categories.

This year there were a record number of VET in Schools (VETiS) medallists and it was also the first year many competitions were run including VETiS hairdressing, VETiS plumbing, VETiS wall and floor tiling and a motorcycle mechanic competition. In total:

  • 42 medals went to North Metropolitan TAFE students;
  • 39 medals went to to South Metropolitan TAFE students;
  • our regional WA TAFEs took home 21 medals between them; and
  • 11 students from private training providers also won medals.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll congratulated the winners and acknowledged the commitment of the lecturers whose dedication had enabled the competitions to be run in what had been a busy year, and then presented the 2017 Hall of Fame awards which recognised a handful of those dedicated trainers.

The ceremony concluded with MC Narelda Jacobs calling the medal winners and new members of the 2017 WA Skill Squad back to the stage, many of whom might have the chance to represent their State at the National Championships in Sydney next year.

2017 WorldSkills WA medal presentation

Pictured above: All the medallists who were able to attend the 2017 WorldSkills WA medal presentation, on stage for a final celebration of their achievements.
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