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Painters and decorators to battle it out for skills Olympics

11 May 2009

Painting and decorating students from three Melbourne institutions will battle it out next Tuesday for a spot in the national WorldSkills final and a possible chance of representing Australia at the 'Olympics' of industrial trade and services skills for young people - the WorldSkills International competition.

Eleven competitors - six from NMIT, three from Victoria University and two from Swinburne TAFE in Croydon - will take up pencils, brushes and rollers in an eight hour competition at NMIT's Epping campus.

The regional competition features apprentice painting and decorating students completing the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.

Entrants will work throughout the day in individual bays, hand drawing a large designated design and then painting it. Students are judged on the accuracy of their drawing and painting skills plus a variety of other painting and decoration skills, such as wallpapering and colour matching.

NMIT Certificate III in Painting and Decorating graduate, Shareena Sloan, who represented Australia at the WorldSkills competition in Japan in 2007, will judge the finished entries the following day (Wednesday 20 May).

From this event, two competitors will be selected to go to Brisbane in 2010 for the national competition. The winner and gold medallist from Brisbane will represent Australia at the WorldSkills International competition in London in 2011.

Since 1950, the WorldSkills International event has attracted hundreds of young people (drawn from regional and national competitions from 51 countries) who compete to meet demanding international standards in their chosen trade and service. It is a biennial competition for people aged under 23 years of age. For more information on WorldSkills International go to

WorldSkills Australia (WSA) is a national, not-for-profit organisation that provides young Australians under 23 the opportunity to gain new skills, compete against their peers in their chosen trade and fast-track their skills and career. For more information about WorldSkills go to .


What: WorldSkills Regional Competition for apprentice painting and decorating students
Where: NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Epping campus (Building K), Cnr Cooper St & Dalton Rd, Epping.
When: Tuesday 19 May (contact NMIT for specific times)


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