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Melbourne Polytechnic superstars competing at Worldskills, Australia's ultimate skills showdown

03 Oct 2016

Some of Melbourne Polytechnic’s best and brightest students will compete against their peers from across the nation this week at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne.

Supported by the Victorian Government, the Worldskills National Competition will be held from this Thursday, 6 October, to Saturday 8 October. Over 500 competitors from all corners of Australia will converge on Melbourne Showgrounds to compete in over 50 skill categories including Vehicle Painting, Bricklaying, Hairdressing, Programming, Cookery, Welding and many more - all hoping to secure the coveted title of National Champion in their respective skill.

Melbourne Polytechnic is very proud to have six students competing at the National competition for a chance to join the international team, which will be jetting to Abu Dhabi, UAE, in October 2017 for the final round of Worldskills. Our competitors and their categories are:

  • Scott Mason - Joinery
  • Chloe Biddiscombe - Jewellery
  • Matthew Higgins - Landscape Construction
  • Jonathan Korakas - Web Design and Development
  • Christopher French - Painting and Decorating
  • Petre Minchev - IT Network Systems Administration

A silver medal winner from the last Worldskills International competition and former Melbourne Polytechnic Jewellery student, Jyothi Forman, is also taking part again this year as a judge in the Jewellery category of the National competition.

With over 40,000 spectators expected to attend including several school groups considering their career options, the scale of this year’s National Competition will be significant. Around 300 judges, 100 volunteers and $10 million worth of materials and equipment will make the competition possible.

The competitors will take over 25,000 sqm of floor space – roughly the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground - and utilise an impressive number of resources including 8 tonnes of steel, 10 km of cabling, 80 mannequin heads, over 600 kg of flour and close to 3,250 stems of flowers and foliage.

The event is free to attend, and all are welcome to watch the competitors and learn more about the various disciplines on show. To book your free tickets, please go to the Eventbrite booking link.

For more information about the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne, visit the WorldSkills Australia website:


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1556196715e.cin1556196715hcety1556196715lopen1556196715ruobl1556196715em@ai1556196715dem1556196715

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.