NSW leads Australia into international skills competition

01 July 2013

NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli today wished the Aussie Skillaroos the best of luck as they prepare to take on the world's top tradespeople at the 42nd Worldskills championships in Leipzig, Germany this week (2-7 July).

"The State's high quality vocational education and training is demonstrated by the fact that more than half the 31-member Skillaroo team comes from TAFE New South Wales," Mr Piccoli said.

"Our TAFE system is producing the best of the best, which is a credit not only to the students but also their teachers.

"Across a wide range of skills, these young people are now competing against the world's most highly accomplished tradespeople."

The NSW Skillaroos who earned their place by winning regional, state and national Worldskills eliminations are:

  • Cabinetmaking: Brett Cahill - South Western Sydney TAFE, Lidcombe
  • Car Painting: Andrew McCormick - Western Sydney TAFE, Mt Druitt
  • Carpentry: Patrick Markovic - South Western Sydney TAFE, Miller
  • Construction Metal Work: Kurt Maier - Riverina TAFE, Leeton
  • Electrical Installations: David Cummings - Western TAFE, Dubbo
  • Fashion Technology: Ashley Huntley- Sydney TAFE, Ultimo
  • IT Software Solutions for Business: Keith Buckley - Northern Sydney TAFE, Hornsby
  • Joinery: David Corrigan - South Western Sydney TAFE, Lidcombe
  • Manufacturing Team Challenge: Rowan Diggins - Riverina TAFE, Wagga Wagga
  • Manufacturing Team Challenge: Mathew McGlashan – Illawarra TAFE, Wollongong
  • Painting and Decorating: Benjamin Hackett - South Western Sydney TAFE, Granville
  • Plumbing: Alex De Koeyer - Riverina TAFE, Albury
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning - Mitchell Barron - South Western Sydney TAFE,
  • Granville
  • Restaurant Service: Jessica Martin - Northern Sydney TAFE, Ryde
  • Web Design: Mitchell LaRosa - Northern Sydney TAFE, Hornsby
  • Welding: Lachlan Mayled - New England TAFE, Armidale

"The New South Wales Government is committed to investing in skills that help develop Australia's future," Mr Piccoli said.

"In its 2013-14 Budget, the Government is investing $2.3 billion in vocational education and training, including $1.85 billion for TAFE.

"We also strongly support the great work of Worldskills Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, which promotes excellence in vocational education and training."

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