Western Australians trainees and apprentices have dominated At the WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney, showcasing their skills in the competition.
21 WA trainees and apprentices won medals and the VETiS Shield in the competition as the best performing state.
The state performed 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, while also winning bronze in the retail baking – pastry category.
Individuals also won top prizes in other categories, including Caitlin Budd from Karratha Senior High School who won the bronze medal in the VETiS Electrotechnology category.
She may also have the opportunity to secure an apprenticeship in the field after getting the attention of a peak industry association.
Ron Simeon from North Metropolitan TAFE was also presented with a life member pin for his services to Worldskills at the event.
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 program.
National Medal winners can now be considered for selection in the 2019 Team Australia Skillaroos to compete in the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Russia.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said it was part of the State Government’s commitment to education and training for jobs.
She said WA’s success in the competition was a positive impact on the training sector in the state.
“It’s encouraging to see Western Australian apprentices and trainees, particularly our secondary school students, performing so well on a national stage,” Ms Ellery said.
“Their achievements help shine a light on the training sector – the achievements of the apprentices and trainees themselves, the 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.”
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