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Skills Put To The Test

Skills Put To The Test

Students Put To The Test In WorldSkills Event

Apprentices, trainees and students across the south west will put their skills to the test in the first WorldSkills competition to be held in the south west coast region.

WorldSkills is held every two years and includes more than 500 regional competitions which are held in 34 regions across Australia.

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The competitions test the skills and knowledge of thousands of apprentices, trainees and students who have the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

This year, South West TAFE will host the region’s first WorldSkills competitions.

South West TAFE Executive Manager of Stakeholder Engagement Geraldine Lewis says it was exciting to have the competition coming to the region.

“This is such a great opportunity for our students to test their skills against others in the industry and gain valuable experience,"

“We want to make sure our students have the best possible training and this competition gives them the chance to enhance their skills and gain valuable feedback from industry experts,”

More than 25 students across Commercial Cookery, Automotive and Hairdressing trades will compete at South West TAFE from September 9 to 11.

Commercial Cookery students will prepare a three-course meal with a selection of supplied ingredients, hairdressing students will compete in performing a cut, colour and up-do and automotive students will complete four tasks including a cooling and brake system services, engine management diagnosis and vehicle safety inspection.

Hairdressing students Chelsie Sheedy, Faith Gordon and Annie Dennis say they had been practicing their skills in the lead-up to this year’s WorldSkills competition.

This is their first time as entrants in the event and all said they were looking forward to gaining competition experience and building their confidence.

An awards evening will be held on September 17 to congratulate all entrants and announce the medalists in each category.

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