After two years of training and national competition, TAFE NSW’s best students will

join their interstate colleagues in the 2015 Skillaroos team at the 43rd WorldSkills

Competition this August.

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the

talented young team showcases how TAFE NSW is providing the future skilled

workforce that continues to power local economies.

“Trades and skills competitions provide an opportunity for students to advocate the

sensational quality of technical and vocational education in NSW,” he said.

The NSW apprentices, trainees and students, who have won the right to represent

Australia, come from all across the state and represent a range of skills including

patisserie, web design, manufacturing, bricklaying and car painting among others.

The group has triumphed in the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition,

competing against New Zealand, Korea, Malaysia, China, India and Canada.

The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational

education and skills showcase in the world. This year’s competition will see 59

countries represented by 1,176 experts and over 1,200 competitors competing in 50

skill categories.

Held at Anhembi Exhibition Centre in São Paulo, Brazil, the competition will utilise

213,000m2 of competition space – equivalent to the size of 17 Olympic-sized

swimming pools.

The Skillaroos will compete in 23 skills categories in the hope of taking home a gold

medal for their country.

The Skillaroos will continue their training regimes over the coming months before

WorldSkills Australia sends the team off to Brazil in style at a Farewell event on 4

August 2015 at TAFE NSW Ultimo College.

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