WorldSkills competition begins

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli welcomed competitors from around Australia to the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition starting in Sydney today.

WorldSkills is an international organisation that promotes vocational excellence.

"The WorldSkills Australia National Competition is the largest, most prestigious skill and trade show in Australia, and I am proud to welcome the 500 contestants to Sydney", Mr Piccoli said.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for vocational education students, including apprentices and trainees, to showcase their skills and compete for a chance to represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Competition in Germany next year."

The NSW team is represented by more than 150 competitors trained by TAFE NSW and other registered training organisations.

"Students will compete in more than 50 categories, from traditional trades, like bricklaying, to more contemporary professions, such as computer programming.

The competition— held at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush from Thursday until Saturday—is open to the public.



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