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2024 Regional Competitions

Meet some of the Skillaroos Training Squad 

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Dylan Redman

Dylan Redman

Electrical Installation

Dylan Redman
Dylan was awarded Electrical Apprentice of the year for the second year
Dylan Redman
Dylan has been busy getting some real world fault finding experience on generators.
Dylan has been reworking his work station by adding angle walls to be able to master the installation of equipment in the competition environment.

Dylan Redman is breaking new ground as the first in his family to enter the electrical industry, carrying with him a legacy of hard work and determination...


Lewis Italiano

Lewis Italiano

Cabinet Making

Lewis Italiano
Lewis training towards skills excellence.
Lewis practicing  precision hand tool work.

When Lewis Italiano chose to carve his own path in cabinetmaking rather than continuing his family's legacy in dairy farming, it signalled a new chapter for the Italiano...


Neave O’Reilly

Neave O’Reilly

Health and Social Care

Neave O’Reilly
Neave worked alongside me, teaching Bachelor of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine Program (1st yr medicine students).

Neave spent 3 hrs training in stoma care, particularly colostomies. 

At just 15 years old Neave O’Reily boldly embarked on a path that had long interested her: a career in nursing. This journey began with a school-based trainee program in...


Hannah Gerritsen

Hannah Gerritsen


Hannah Gerritsen
Hannah during her training.

Hannah had the opportunity to showcase her talent on a Bride for the big day!

Hannah Gerritsen's approach to hairdressing is rooted in genuine passion and practical experience. From a young age, she would watch online tutorials and then practice...


Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

Industrial Mechanics

Michael was awarded the  Stage 3 apprentice of the year award for North Wollongong TAFE in Fitting and Turning.
Michael undertaking some levelling and alignment training.

Michael Bowen's  first encounter with the world of Industrial Mechanics occurred during a TAFE open day. From that initial moment, which resonated with his lifelong...



Antoinette Jackson

Antoinette Jackson

Painting & Decorating

Antoinette Jackson
Antoinette Jackson working on new techniques.

Antoinette working on her wallpapering skills!

Antoinette Jackson was about to embark on a psychology degree when a week-long painting experience awakened a latent passion for the craft so profound, it set her on a...


Bailey Loenneker

Bailey Loenneker

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Bailey working on Faulty dual pressure control replacement and ducted fit off for local hospital.
Bailey completing training at his TAFE.

Since childhood, Bailey Loenneker has had a fascination with practical tasks. This affinity for hands-on learning led to him to feel disconnected from the...


Naomi Aguirre

Naomi Aguirre


Naomi practising floral arrangements.
Naomi has been very busy during wedding season and working on the  basics of traditional floristry and practising different colour palettes.

With a passion for all things creative, Naomi Augirre entering the field of floristry was not particularly surprising. Her journey into WorldSkills began after...


The Road To Lyon

Help the Skillaroo Training Squad Represent Australia

These talented young individuals have earned the remarkable opportunity to potentially represent Australia at the prestigious 47th WorldSkills International Championships in Lyon, France, in September 2024. They've been chosen as members of the Skillaroo Training Squad, aspiring to showcase Australian skills on a global stage.

Support these Training Squad members in their quest to demonstrate Australian skills excellence by contributing to their journey to the WorldSkills Competition in Lyon, where they'll compete against the world's best and bring pride to our nation. Your generous donations will be used to help the team to continue their intensive training program as well as help cover competition expenses such as flights, accommodation, meals and uniforms and insurances.

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Thank you to our long serving board members

At the end of 2023 two long serving board members of WorldSkills Australia (WSA), Jarrad Langdon and Jack Hanrahan finished their tenure on the board.  Worldskills Australia would like to acknowledge and thank both individuals for their dedicated commitment and service to the skills excellence agenda in Australia. Members of the Board are volunteers and give their time and expertise freely to ensure that many people get the opportunity to be part of the WorldSkills programs both domestically and internationally.


Jarrad Langdon was appointed to the WSA Board in December 2011 and has been an active member of sub-committees consisting of Nominations Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk and Leadership of the Volunteer Working Group.  Jarrad was an International Competitor in Helsinki (2005) where he won a Gold Medal in Web Design and was also awarded the Best in Nation.  He has also represented Australia as an International Expert in Web Design over 4 consecutive competitions. Domestically Jarrad has been a dedicated supporter at the National Championship level as both a Chief Judge and Skills Manager.

Jarrad wished to pass on the following to all involved with WorldSkills:

“It's been an honour to be part of WorldSkills Australia's board and witness the organisation's tireless commitment to skills excellence. Thank you to the countless volunteers who have organised the competitions at regional, national, and international levels and have been instrumental in fostering talent and encouraging lifelong learning. As my board term comes to an end, I am proud of the positive direction WorldSkills Australia has taken during my term. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to remain engaged as a volunteer, continuing to support the organisation's vision moving forward”.


Jack Hanrahan was also appointed to the WSA Board in December 2011.  Jack has provided a wealth of knowledge from his background and experience working in the private sector.  WorldSkills Australia is now more business and commercial focussed in the way it runs and has been able to expand its offerings due to the expertise that has and is guiding the organisation. Jack was a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee since 2012 and has been its Chair since 2020.

 When reflecting on his time on the Board, Jack provided:

“I am writing with immense gratitude and deep appreciation as I reflect on the incredible journey of the past 12 years serving on the WorldSkills Board. It has been a privilege to contribute to an organization that is dedicated to excellence and skill development on a local, national and international scale.

 Thank you, WorldSkills, for the opportunity to be a part of something truly extraordinary. I am grateful for the friendships, the challenges, and the growth that have shaped my time with the organization. Wishing WorldSkills continued success in all its future endeavours”.

 On behalf of all of the WorldSkills Australia family, we thank both Jarrad and Jack for their tireless efforts over a substantial time period and look forward to seeing them at future events as we know they will continue to be keen supporters of all that we do.


Meet Jaclyn Kuan

Head of Partnerships & Brand

With over 15 years of sales and branding experience in a broad range of industries, Jaclyn brings a wealth of knowledge and networks to WSA.

Prior to her current role, Jaclyn’s dedication for creating meaningful relationships with partners has been pivotal in driving change within organisations resulting in long term partners, business growth and added brand value.

Jaclyn is passionate about empowering and supporting our youth to thrive in the skills industry and is committed to delivering WSA’s story to current and prospective partners.


Together, we build a skilled, future-ready workforce.

We are thrilled to announce a dynamic partnership between Future Skills at Monash College and WorldSkills Australia.

At Future Skills, our focus is on empowering individuals through cutting-edge programs in AI, cyber security, and robotics. We're also deeply invested in the care sector, offering specialised training in individual support, mental health, and wellbeing. In line with global trends, we're excited to introduce training for the clean economy sector in the near future.

This partnership with WorldSkills Australia aligns perfectly with our vision. WorldSkills Australia has been a beacon of skills excellence, and together, we aim to upskill and reskill the workforce. As the world evolves, staying ahead in skill development is crucial, and through this collaboration, we ensure that everyone has access to the latest and most relevant training.

As we embark on this journey, we look forward to playing a pivotal role in nurturing the youth and trainers of Australia, equipping them with the essential skills for tomorrow.

Join us in embracing this exciting new chapter as we shape the future of skilling together!


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State Training Awards Nominations Now OPEN!

The 2024 Training Award process has commenced with multiple states opening their nomination process. This is a great way for people within the VET system to be recognised within their state and nationally.

The Awards recognise and celebrate excellence and are an important mechanism for promoting the benefits of VET.

Winners from each state and territory training awards compete for a national award title. Direct entry is also available for some award categories.

This has led to Australia-wide awareness and respect for skill-based careers and skills excellence.

15 December

Queensland Training Awards Applications


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11 January

Victorian Training Awards Applications


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15 January

NSW Training Awards Applications Applications



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1 February

2024 Regional Competitions

Competitions across Australia

Feb 1 – Oct 25 2024


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13 February

ACT Training Awards Applications


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18 March

Tasmanian Training Awards Applications


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1 March

Western Australia Training Awards Applications


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8 May

TDA Convention 2024

Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney
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8-9 May 2024

20 May

Global Skills Challenge

Melbourne, Australia 

20 - 28 May 2024

25 July

Skills Excellence Forum

Adelaide, SA

25th - 27th July 2024

15 August

VET National Teaching & Learning Conference

 Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

15-16 August 2024

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30 August

Victorian Training Awards

Melbourne, Australia

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5 September

ACT Training Awards

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

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6 September

Tasmanian Training Awards

Tasmania, Australia

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7 September

Queensland Training Awards

Queensland, Australia

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11 September

47th WorldSkills Competition

Lyon, France

10-15 September 2024

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13 September

NSW Training Awards

Sydney, Australia 

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20 September

Western Australia Training Awards


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12 June

2025 WorldSkills Australia National Championships

Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre

12-14 June 2025

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