Worlds skills AustraliaWorldSkills Australia (WSA) is a national organisation that has been actively celebrating and promoting the standards and status of vocational training and skills excellence since 1981. WorldSkills Australia not only showcases skills for the economic prosperity of Australia, it also equips young Australians with the skills to compete in the globalised economy of the future.

Through the programs of competitions and international pathways, WorldSkills Australia inspires excellence in skills and instils confidence in young people to succeed. They achieve this goal through competitions held on a regional, national and international level. All three levels of competition run biennially.

Regional competitions lead into national competitions and national competition winners, if eligible, can become members of the Team Australia Skillaroos.

Through it’s program of competitions, WSA aims to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, to shift perceptions and create the understanding that to learn a skill, to choose a skill-based career, is one of the most important decisions a young person and their family will ever make.

WSA is more than just Australia’s biggest and most prestigious skills competition. The competitions unearth ‘Skill Ambassadors’ - the perfect role models for all young Australians who are contemplating their futures, and examples for all Australians of what can be achieved in a trade or skills-based career.

2014 WorldSkills Northern Territory National Team

The Department of Business, together with the WorldSkills Australia Northern Territory region supported Team NT, a selection of our most talented local young trade and skill technicians who competed in the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition - ‘The Ultimate Skills Challenge’ held in Perth between the 18 and 20 September 2014.

Each member of Team NT was 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.

The 2014 Team NT national competitors were:

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
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 Leaders

  • Cathy Preddy - Department of Business
  • Alison Bonney - Charles Darwin University
  • Clair Monks - CHARTTES Training Advisory Council.