The WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show began on Thursday, with over 400 apprentices, trainees and students competing in 45 skills and trades.
The competition is being held in Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, alongside the SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo. This year WA and Tasmanian teams are competing at Perth.
WSA announced last month that the three-day event would go ahead with satellite competitions in other states due to Covid-19 restrictions.
(You can watch live streams at this link.)
“My Government is pleased to hold this major event here in WA, at a time when skills and workforce development is more critical than ever to support our strong economy,” said WA premier Mark McGowan in a statement.
“Skills are not just essential to a job, they can forge new opportunities for personal and business growth, they keep our nation moving, giving us hope and confidence in our future while keeping the economy strong,” assistant minister for youth services Luke Howarth said
“Whether you bake your favourite loaf of bread, fix your car, tidy up landscaping in your community or design a website for your business – these skills make our lives easier and our communities stronger.”
He added that national champions at the event will have the chance to compete as “Skillaroos” in the international version of the competition, scheduled to be held next year in Shanghai.
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