WA young guns shine at 2018 WorldSkills National Championships

Western Australian trainees and apprentices have dominated the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney, picking up 21 medals and the prestigious VETiS Shield, recognising the best performing state.

The WorldSkills National Championships is the country’s largest Vocational Education and Training (VET) competition. It highlights the country’s best apprentices and trainees in more than 60 different skills areas, who compete for the title of national champion. More than a third of the 51 Team WA participants were secondary school students who competed in the WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.

Some of Team WA enjoying the sights of Sydney at the WorldSkills National Championships

WA performed particularly well in the hospitality categories, winning gold, silver and bronze in the VETiS Food and Beverage category and a gold medal in VETiS Commercial Cookery. WA also won bronze in the open competition in the retail baking – pastry category. Cailtin Budd from Karratha Senior High School, who won the bronze medal in the VETiS Electrotechnology category, also caught the eye of a peak industry association who want to secure her an apprenticeship in the field.

Nik Foster (centre)  from South West WA took out third place in the bricklaying speed test
at the WorldSkills National Championships

Ron Simeon from North Metropolitan TAFE was also presented with a life member pin for his services to WorldSkills at the event.

National Medal winners may now be considered for selection in the 2019 Team Australia Skillaroos to compete in the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Russia.

“A key focus of the McGowan Labor Government is jobs, maximising training opportunities and increasing our skills base." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.  “It’s encouraging to see Western Australian apprentices and trainees, particularly our secondary school students, performing so well on a national stage.  Their achievements help shine a light on the training sector – the achievements of the apprentices and trainees themselves, great work of our training providers who are skilling our future workforce and the opportunities that are available for those learning a trade, especially as jobs change and diversify.”

Page last updated January 13, 2020