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Worldskills winners! Students take out medals at the 2016 National Competition

18 Oct 2016

There's no better reward for a teacher than to see students succeed, and Melbourne Polytechnic is proud to congratulate Chloe Biddiscombe (Jewellery), Petre Minchev (IT Network Systems Administration), and Matthew Higgins (Landscape Construction), who all went home with medals after a fantastic effort during the Worldskills National Competition on 6-8 October. 

“We strongly encourage our students to take part in the Worldskills competition, as it really encourages excellence and gives our students a lot of confidence in applying the skills they’ve learned,” says Carolyn Guiney, Program Leader – Jewellery at Melbourne Polytechnic.

“Over the duration of the competition they make a lot of new friends and have the opportunity to develop important networking skills. In fact, two of our former Jewellery medallists were this year on the judging panel for the Worldskills National competition. It really allows them to take a step up to the next level in their careers.”

More than 500 competitors and 300 judges converged on Melbourne this week for the national competition, which showcased the training and skills of young people and provided the state with a multi-million dollar economic boost.


WorldSkills Australia Chief Executive Officer Brett Judd thanked the Victorian and federal governments, sponsors and supporters, industry, employers, TAFE’s and training providers for their support, declaring the event a “resounding success”.

“WorldSkills Australia attracted 514 competitors, 650 event officials and 21,000 local, interstate and international visitors – including a delegation from India,” Mr Judd said.

“It was a real celebration of the strengths of our vocational training system, and was a great demonstration of what a skills resurgence would look like."

WorldSkills Australia is a national, not-for-profit organisation that provides young Australians aged 24 and under with an opportunity to gain new skills, compete against their peers in their chosen trade and fast track their skills and career development.  Established in 1981, it hosts regional, national and international competitions to celebrate skills excellence.

WorldSkills Australia is a member of WorldSkills International, a global network of 75 countries that participate in skills competitions.

Main photo: Petre Minchev accepting his silver medal at the Worldskills National Competition.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1556253969e.cin1556253969hcety1556253969lopen1556253969ruobl1556253969em@ai1556253969dem1556253969

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.