Worlds skills Australia logoTo benchmark skills achievement in VET nationally and globally through skills competitions, thereby developing awareness of and promoting respect for skills excellence.

WorldSkills competitions are trade and skill competitions that challenge young people to achieve excellence in work skills.

The competitions highlight the importance of Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a career option and stimulates the academic motivation of many students by focusing on the fun aspects of learning through interesting and diverse skill challenges. WorldSkills competitions are divided into two areas:

  • Open competition
  • Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) competition.

WorldSkills competitions are designed to encourage young Australians to strive for skills excellence, and are aligned with the training areas that competitors are studying. The department works with industry to foster interest in skills shortage areas, and WorldSkills helps raise the profile of and celebrate these trades.

Australia became a member country of WorldSkills International in 1981 and has participated in every international competition since then.

2014 WorldSkills Northern Territory National Team

The Department of Business, together with the WorldSkills Australia Northern Territory region is pleased to announce Team NT, a selection of our most talented local young trade and skill technicians who will compete in the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition – ‘The Ultimate Skills Challenge’ to be held in Perth between the 18th and 20th of September.

Each member of Team NT has been awarded their position to represent the Northern Territory on the national stage after their medal winning performances in the 2013 round of WorldSkills NT Regional Competitions.

In addition to competing for ultimate glory, the competitors will also be vying for a coveted position on the 2015 Team Australia Skillaroos who will head to São Paulo, Brazil to represent Australia at the 43rd WorldSkills International Competition, the culmination of WorldSkills competitions.

Introducing the 2014 Team NT National Competitors:

 Open Category Competitors

Competitor Employer Region Category
D’Koda Lee-Feeney I AM Hair and Spa Darwin Hairdressing
Jay Timney Outback Bakery Darwin Retail Baking – Bread Full
Jasmine Gordon Mombasa Day Spa Alice Springs Beauty
Oliver Schinkel Power and Water Darwin Electrical Installations
Cameron McLeod Piccolo’s Café Alice Springs Cookery
Adrain Quan Australian Air-conditioning and Mechanical Services Darwin Refrigeration

VET in Schools Category Competitors

Competitor School Region Category
Emily Hughes Nhulunbuy High School Nhulunbuy VETiS Business
Samantha Bennett Good Shepherd Lutheran College Darwin VETiS Cookery
Skyla Stewart St Philip’s College Alice Springs VETiS Food and Beverage
Louise Austin Darwin High School Darwin VETiS Tourism

Team Leader
Cathy Preddy – Department of Business
Alison Bonney – Charles Darwin University
Clair Monks – CHARTTES Training Advisory Council