WorldSkills Australia comes to Geraldton

18 September 2015

Over 30 apprentices, trainees and students from the Mid West and North West will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the WorldSkills Australia regional championships.

To be hosted by Durack Institute of Technology over the next month, regional medalists may have the opportunity to go on and compete at the National competition to vie for the coveted title of Australia’s best in their field.

Participants will compete in a series of skill specific tests designed by industry experts that focus on unearthing talent in young Australians.

WA State and Regional Manager for WorldSkills Australia Ms Fiona Johnson said she was delighted that Durack has been able to get these competitions running in the North West region. 

WorldSkills Australia

“One of our key aims is to encourage and increase regional participation, so we get a spread of talent from across our training sector in Western Australia.

In 2012, Durack had a fantastic young bricklayer, Rhyse Moroney in TeamWA who competed in Sydney. It will be fantastic to have even more participation from the North West region at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne next year.”

Durack Institute of Technology Managing Director Mr Bill Swetman said the competition can help transform local talent into world champions.

“The students will be exposed to challenges against the best in Australia’s North West and ultimately the best in Australia.

We are giving the students an opportunity to showcase their skills and celebrate excellence.”

Durack Institute of Technology are hosting a range of skill categories, comprising Hairdressing, Electrical Installation and Plumbing, in their state of the art facilities, including the brand new Evolution Hair, Beauty Massage Salon.  

WorldSkills Australia Competitors

L-R Durack Institute of Technology lecturer electrical Kyle Praprotnik with WorldSkills Australia competitor and Durack student Drew Miragliotta (Apprentice, Beresford Electrical), Darren Forrester (Manager, Forrester Electrical) and WorldSkills Australia competitor and Durack student Samuel Royce (Apprentice, Forrester Electrical)

FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment