WorldSkills Australia National Competition 2012

Did you realise that the world’s best electrician is Australian Ben Houghton who won a gold medal at the 41st WorldSkills International Competition in London last year.

From Thursday 30th August to Sunday 2nd September some 500 elite trainees and apprentices aged from 15 to 25 will fight for gold in 50 skill and trade categories at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition being held at Sydney Olympic Park. Categories range from traditional trades of brick laying and plumbing to other skill professions such as fashion and jewellery design.

Many of the winners will get to represent Australia as part of the Skillaroos team at the International WorldSkills Competition to be held in Germany in 2013.

Not all of the talented competitors win the opportunity to be part of the Skillaroos team however and this is where BBM comes in. BBM Youth Support has a longstanding relationship with WorldSkills Australia. To recognise skills, potential and passion BBM funds an International Pathways programme in conjunction with WorldSkills Australia which gives about 15 competitors, not eligible for the Skillaroos, the opportunity to travel to the UK to take part in an intensive leadership and teamwork course. The objective is to provide these motivated young tradespeople with skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen field, develop excellence in Australian trades and inspire future generations of tradies.

So if you are in Sydney why not take a trip to Homebush and marvel at the skills of these young people. In addition to the competition there is also a Try’a Skill area offering a taste of what it’s like to work in fields such as building and beauty.

For more information visit the WorldSkills Australia website –

27th August, 2012

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