WorldSkills Australia Competition
On 5 October, the Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson joined the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert for the opening of the 2016 WorldSkills National Competition at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
More than 500 young apprentices, trainees and students attended the event which kicked off the three-day competition.
The event will feature 60 skills competitions, an in-house career expo and a range of fun and interactive Try’aSkill activities. The competition will take more than 25,000sqm of floor space – roughly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground – and will use a staggering $10 million worth of materials and equipment including eight tonnes of steel, 90kg of chocolate, 3,250 stems of flowers and foliage and more than 7,500 bricks.
The winners will be flown to Abu Dhabi in 2017 to represent Australia as a Skillaroo.
Mr Coulson said it was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented apprentices gathered in the one place doing what they do best.
“The competition is a great opportunity for apprentices and trainees to showcase their quality training, while representing their states, meeting new people and having fun,” Mr Coulson said.