Two Students Will Represent GOTAFE at the WorldSkills Competition

Automotive apprentice Crystal McLaren and Hairdressing student Eloise McCormick will compete at the National level of the World Skills Competition this October.

Crystal and Eloise earnt the opportunity to represent GOTAFE initially at the regional level of the competition after edging out their competitors, their fellow classmates in an internal competition arranged by GOTAFE. Their impressive performance at the regional level has now secured them a place at the National Competition, where the pressure will be on as they undertake three days of intensive competition against the nation’s best in their field.

Crystal, who is employed by Jacobs Body and Paint Smash Repairers in Wodonga talks about her World Skills journey so far.

“We had a colour matching competition at GOTAFE, I won my section and had the highest score out of the other 40 apprentices that competed, taking out first place which qualifies me to represent GOTAFE at the National level of the World Skills Competition.

“In the lead up to the competition I will work closely with my trainer Mark Ward to ensure my skills meet their high standard,” she said.

“Mark has been to the competition before with Billy Cowcher who missed out on winning the competition by one point, so he knows how the competition works and the level of skills and knowledge required at this level.

“The competition goes over four days and I will be representing regional Victoria, it will be a tough competition and a really big challenge but I am looking forward to it.

“I am honoured to compete against the nations top apprentices, I will give it my best shot.”

The 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne will be held from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October 2016 at Melbourne Showgrounds and is the largest trades and skills showcase in the country.

Close to 500 young apprentices, trainees and students from all corners of Australia will compete for the coveted title of ‘National Champion’ in over 50 skill categories, including Vehicle Painting, Bricklaying, Hairdressing, Programming, Cookery and Welding.

In 2016 over 40,000 spectators are expected to attend including many school children considering their future career options. 300 Judges, 100 Volunteers and $10mil worth of materials and equipment will make the competition possible. For more information visit