The Skillaroos will progress to next level of the competition, where the best of the best will meet in São Paulo, Brazil.
The WorldSkills Competition is a biannual competitive event that showcases vocational education and training through a number of levels of competition. Competitors have to train for and succeed in WorldSkills Australia competitions on regional and national levels before the final international level.
This year’s competition will see 59 countries represented by 1,176 experts and over 1,200 competitors competing in 50 skill categories. Held from 11-16 August at Anhembi Exhibition Centre in São Paulo, Brazil, the competition will utilise 213,000m² of competition space – equivalent to the size of 17 Olympic sized swimming pools. The Skillaroos will compete in 23 skills categories in the hopes of taking home a gold medal for their country.
WorldSkills Australia coordinates regional and national competitions to select the ‘Skillaroo’ team to compete at the international WorldSkills finals. Melbourne Polytechnic is a Principal Partner International for Jewellery for the Skillaroos team in the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Brazil.
Jyothi, an apprentice at Georgies Fine Jewellery in Narooma, New South Wales, has worked hard to get this far, winning gold in the regional competition in 2013, then gold again in the national finals in 2014, which placed her in the 2015 Skills Squad.
“It is such an honour to have this incredible opportunity,” said Jyothi. “I am so excited to represent my country and compete against the best young jewellers from around the world.”
Jyothi said that competing in WorldSkills Australia competitions has been a life-changing experience.
“Through all the training, preparations and competitions I have significantly improved my skill level, confidence and efficiency at work. I have received training from some great jewellers and they have all selflessly offered their advice and knowledge,” she said.
“I am so grateful to have such a supportive network of people who have helped me get where I am today. It is such an honour to have this incredible opportunity; I am so excited to represent my country and compete against the best young jewellers from around the world.”
Jyothi’s teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic are not surprised by her success.
“Jyothi has worked hard to get the high quality results that led to her selection in the Skillaroo team,” said Andrew Rose, one of Jyothi’s teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic. “We have very high hopes for her in the final stage of the competition in Brazil and we wish her the very best.”
The Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture has long been a breeding ground for successful WorldSkills Australia competitors, and two of the teachers, including Andrew, also competed at the international level.
“Our most recent other WorldSkills Australia success story was Joel Drew, a student who won silver in 2009 in the international competition held in Japan,” said Andrew. “We’re very proud of the dedication and quality these students demonstrate, and we’re grateful to their employers for supporting them in their aspirations.”
WorldSkills Australia CEO, Mark Callaghan, maintains that trades and skills competitions play a unique role in emphasising the importance of vocational education and training to local economies.
“Each member of the 2015 Skillaroos will not only represent their country, they will also represent their respective industries and collectively, will showcase the high quality of vocational education and training that exists in Australia,” he said.
For more information about Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, visit our website: http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/courses/certificate-iii-in-jewellery-manufacture
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Photographs courtesy of Worldskills Australia
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