To 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.