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					                                                  West Australian
                                                  Wednesday 21/10/2009                         Brief: WSKILLS
                                                  Page: 14                                     Page 1 of 2
                                                  Section: Advertising feature
                                                  Region: Perth Circulation: 199,707
                                                  Type: Capital City Daily
                                                  Size: 586.34 sq.cms.
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Apprentices and young tradies
                     face off in
      WorldSkills eliminations
  At this year's Austral Bricks HIA Spring Home Show you'll be able to watch
  some of the state's top youth face off in the Skillsquest Zone for a spot
  representing WA in the national WorldSkills competition.

This zone will hold eliminations over              be eligible for the open competitions.
Saturday and Sunday of the show.                   WorldSkills also offers school
Most of the competitions running are               students studying in their first year
WorldSkills, however some additional               of a vocational training program a
Skillsquest competitions will be                   chance to compete through their
included for the first time.                       VET in schools program.
Some of the categories on display                  "Apprentices and young tradies can
at the home show include joinery,                  enter themselves but the number of
carpentry, bricklaying, wall and floor             applications received are far greater
tiling, construction, glazing, floor               than the number we can accommodate
covering and solid plastering.                     in the state finals so we run a series of
WA coordinator for WorldSkills Frank               skill-offs to get the numbers down to
Everingham says WorldSkills is like an             the best in any category," Frank says.
Olympics for apprentices. "They will               Competition results won't be
be vying to win a place in Team WA                 announced until after the home show
to contest the national competition in             has finished. "One of the highlights is
Brisbane next May and winners there                at 1:30pm on the Sunday when the
may have the chance to compete in the              bricklayers will be involved in a speed
international competition in London the            test. Fourteen guys will compete to
following year," he says.                          build a brick pier as high as they can in
"We'll field a team of around 50 to                half an hour and by the end of it they'll
represent WA next year. Australia will             be jumping to put the last brick on,"
then field a team of between 20-to-30              he says. "This is the only element of
Skillaroos who will take on the best of            the competitions where we'll know the
the rest of the world in London.                   outcome on the day."
"It's a challenge for apprentices, their           Judges are all industry leaders and give
employers and trainers to become the               wonderful feedback and advice. Most
best in their fields. They test themselves         projects are eight hours in length but
against the best and see if they can               in Brisbane next year, the competitions
become a leader in their field. They'll all        take three days.
learn from their WorldSkills experience            The Australian Skillaroos Team just
and gain worthy skills."                           came back from Calgary in Canada
The Department of Education and                    where two Western Australians, Stacey
Training sent letters and application              Pitman and Michael Welshman,
forms to apprentices and employers                 competed. Australia is currently placed
direct for the 2009 WA WorldSkills                 fifth in the world for WorldSkills.
cycle. Competitors this year need to               The Skillsquest zone will also include a
be born on or after January 1, 1986 to             People's Choice Award area over the

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                               West Australian
                               Wednesday 21/10/2009                       Brief: WSKILLS
                               Page: 14                                   Page 2 of 2
                               Section: Advertising feature
                               Region: Perth Circulation: 199,707
                               Type: Capital City Daily
                               Size: 586.34 sq.cms.
                               Frequency: MTWTFS-

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three days for competitions that have
already been completed including
spray painting, panel
beating, cabinet making,
garment production,
jewellery, painting
and decorating
and sign craft.
"The People's Choice
Award gives visitors
a chance to vote
for who they think
won out of each
specific category,"
he says. "Whoever picks the most
number of winners, will win a prize.
This will show visitors the level of
skills out there."
Skillsquest works with training
providers and other interested parties
to bring together experts to guide and
advise apprentices on how to improve
their skills. It showcases a range of WA
WorldSkills competitions and allows
some of the budding and talented
youth to display their skills.
WorldSkills has over 50 categories in
building and construction, hospitality
and food, metals
and engineering,
automotive, retail
and personal, light
computing and
business and VET
in schools.

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