WorldSkills Australia and the ‘Skills Olympics’

WorldSkills Australia (WSA) is a non-profit organisation aimed at contributing to Australia’s economic growth, productivity and future employment outcomes through research, promoting skills and training, facilitating skills competitions, and national and international skilling support programs.

WSA partners with businesses, organisations, and training providers to deliver a series of competitions where learners, who have recently enrolled or undertaken a vocational or technical qualification, can challenge and develop their skills while representing their industry in regional, national and even international championships.

The championship series covers a range of skills in 50 different categories: bricklaying, electrical, information and communications technology, hairdressing and beauty therapy, cookery, baking and hospitality, and manufacturing and engineering.

Following the completion of 34 regional competitions, the talent selected will compete against like-minded learners from across the country for gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2021 national WorldSkills Australia Championships. Often referred to as ‘the skills Olympics’, this year’s event will be hosted in Perth from 26 to 28 August and will be the culmination of the efforts of over 4,000 volunteers, more than 20,000 students, trainers, teachers and parents from the past two years.

Australia’s national team, ‘The Skillaroos’ will compete against champions from 82 countries at the WorldSkills International Championships in Shanghai, China, in 2022.

In 2019 the Skillaroos were ranked 8th at the 2019 WorldSkills Championships in Kazan, with numerous medals for excellence being share amongst the team of 15 talented Aussies.

However, it's not just about medals. During the series, participants can develop valuable technical and employability skills to enhance their career opportunities through various activities and mentorship programs.

Volunteers can also benefit from the experience, just like Brendan Hibbert. Brendan’s passion for being a mentor, judge, and WSA advocate led him to be awarded Trainer of the Year at North Metropolitan TAFE WA.