Bound for WorldSkills

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla apprentices Kyle Little and Perrin Larke are among 12 Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE students who are heading to Sydney this June to represent Victoria in the Tradie Olympics.

From July to October regional WorldSkills competitions were held at GOTAFE’s Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses across a variety of fields including building, automotive, plumbing, retail baking bread, retail baking pastry, hairdressing and beauty therapy.

GOTAFE project officer Callum Ross said the organisation was seeking help to raise the funds to send its students to the championships.

‘‘We are looking to help cover the costs of GOTAFE apprentices attending WorldSkills, so we will be holding a number of fundraising activities throughout the North East over the next couple of months,’’ Mr Ross said.

‘‘We want everyone to get behind these competitors, it’s not everyday that someone from your town represents Victoria.’’

Kyla Wagner, an apprentice at Beechworth Bakery Echuca, said she was looking forward to competing against the best in her field and trying out new recipes in the lead up to the competition.

‘‘I am looking forward to meeting new people at the competition and at work we have been trying out new flavours, it’s been fun experimenting with my colleagues,’’ Ms Wagner said.

‘‘My work has been really supportive and have given me creative licence.’’

WorldSkills is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, held every two years, bringing together the best young people from across the world.

Held in Darling Harbour, Sydney, the WorldSkills National Championships will see 500 competitors aged 16 to 24 representing 60 skills.

With more than 20000 spectators, 300 judges, 120 volunteers and $10 million worth of materials and equipment, competitors will spend up to 20 hours battling it out with the nation’s best tradies.

WorldSkills Australia operates in 31 regions across the country including the Goulburn Valley and North East, with the winners in with a chance to represent Australia at the world titles held in Russia in 2019.

WorldSkills National Championships, ‘‘Skills Show Australia 2018’’ will be held at ICC Darling Harbour, Sydney from Saturday, June 2, to Monday, June 4.

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●If you are interested in donating or hosting an event to raise funds to assist GOTAFE’s apprentices get to Sydney, email Callum Ross at or phone 0427332152.