WorldSkills Australia

12 GOTAFE students head to Sydney this June for the WorldSkills Skills Show National Championships.
The students will represent Team Victoria, GOTAFE, their employers and the GV/North East regions as they take on the best at Australia’s Tradie Olympics. They join over 500 Australians competing in 60 trades and skills categories.

National Championship Fast Facts
500+ number of competitors
60 trades and skills represented
300 judges
120 dedicated volunteers
16-20 hours spent competing
3 days spent competing
159 medals awarded
$10 million materials and equipment used
21,000 visitors to the event
$20 million economic benefit created for host State

All figures from 2016 National Championship, Melbourne

“They are already winners in our eyes, we can’t wait to cheer them on”

GOTAFE Project Officer for WorldSkills, Callum Ross, is excited about the GOTAFE students competing in this year’s competition.

“We have the biggest contingent in Victoria heading to the National Championships and we are ready to show Australia what we are made of,” said Callum.

“I would like to extend a huge thank you the Employers and Trainers of our competitors. There is a great deal of preparation involved to get to the National stage.

“We’d like to congratulate all of our competitors. They are already winners in our eyes, we can’t wait to cheer them on.”

About WorldSkills

WorldSkills Australia National Championship is Australia’s biggest vocational, education and excellence competition. Over three days from June 2-4, each student will have their skills tested against the clock, criteria and the best Apprentices from across Australia.

WorldSkills Australia aims to get Australia’s young people excited about skills and trades and growing Australia’s culture by providing a forum for engagement and cooperation.

Gold medallists from the Championships have the opportunity to head to the World Championships in Russia in 2019.

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Brendan Witnish

Construction Steel Work, Alexandra

Alexandra Stainless

‘‘It’s a privilege to have a shot at this competition, it does take courage to actually come in and do something like this.’’ – Quote from Shepp News

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Ella James

Beauty Therapy, Wahgunyah

The Silken Dragonfly

>“It’s come around so quick and I am so excited for it. I think it will be a great opportunity for me to meet others in the field.” – Quote from Corowa Free Press

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Ethan Cootes

Retail Baking – Pastry, Koyuga

Beechworth Bakery Echuca

“I’ve been practicing doughs that I haven’t really made before at GOTAFE with my Trainer Kim. I have to make a sculpture out of bread it has to be 60cm high as part of the competition. I was hesitant about doing competitions but I’m glad I have, I’ve learnt so much.”

Hannah Wilson

Hairdressing, Shepparton

Bright Eyes Hairdressing

“The competition involves all aspects of hairdressing – cutting, colouring, perming, straightening, bridal, hair ups, high fashion catwalk – everything. Sue my Teacher at GOTAFE has been mentoring me since I competed last year, she’s been helping out with different techniques and skills that I can use.”

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Josephine Laulu Seiuli

VETiS Hairdressing, Mooroopna

Attends Notre Dame Secondary College

“I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, I started doing my own hair when I was 8, used to braid it and everything. In Year 10 I signed up for TAFE hairdressing and since then I’m pretty set on being a hairdresser.”

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Kyla Wagner

Retail Baking – Pastry, Cobram

Beechworth Bakery Echuca

“In Sydney I have set criteria ranging from chocolate work to cakes and tarts. My mentor Kim, my TAFE Teacher, has been helping me quite a bit, organizing me to come into TAFE and practice on my days off.” – Quote from Shepp News

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Kyle Little

Vehicle Painting, Benalla

Chris Lowen Smash Repairs

“For the WorldSkills National Competition we are going to be tested on different categories, prepping , buffing etc. My mentor Mark Ward has put a fair bit of time into me the past few months, going down to Melbourne for a few training sessions, my employer has been really good in giving me some time off to head down to Melbourne – he has been really supportive, he’s actually coming to the competition.”

Mark Williams

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Yalca

Mick Hogan Excavations

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of competing at WorldSkills. I think it’ll be a great opportunity to test my skills.”

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Patrick Bourke

Carpentry, Moama

Bourke Builders

“It’s great working in the family business. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was young,” he said.
“I’m a bit nervous but very excited for the competition. I was proud to qualify for the Victorian team amongst some talented people.
“We will do some training to prepare for the event and I’ve done some similar competitions in Shepparton, so hopefully we can put in a good performance.”  – Quote from Riverine Herald


Perrin Larke

Automotive Mechanics, Benalla

Delatite Ford

“There is about 4-5 tasks I have to complete including wheel alignments, fog finding, electrical diagnosis and tearing down an engine & rebuilding it. My mentor is Tim Kohn he has been fantastic all throughout, getting me a job and helping me prepare for WorldSkills, we’ve been going over a lot of the tasks required and hopefully I should be prepared enough to come home with goods.”

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Riley Waldron

Beauty Therapy, Numurkah

“In the Sydney competition I’ll be tested on things like massage, hot stone, make-up, manicures & pedicures, facials, gel nails. My mentor Sonia has helped me so much, she’s made me confident, she’s been the best teacher ever.”

Shaun Davis

Electrical Installation, Mooroopna

Watters Electrical

“Some of the things we’ll be tested on in Sydney includes conduit work and constructing an installation that has been downsized for testing purposes.
Watters is great, they have allowed me to take the time off in need for training.”