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TAFE NSW tradies a hit at Skillex

07 August 2011

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TAFE NSW showcased many of its best students at the interactive TAFE NSW Try-a-Trade stand during Skillex NSW at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush 4 – 6 August 2011.

TAFE NSW, a major exhibitor at Skillex, was popular with visitors of all ages who could try their hand at 24 trades, many identified as industries experiencing current skills shortages.

The event attracted over 2,000 visitors including school groups and careers advisers, parents and young adults seeking careers and course information on trades and key growth industries.

From bricklaying to beauty care, cooking to construction, IT and automotive there was something for everyone. Fake tattoos from the vehicle painting staff and theatrical scars provided by the beauty care staff were a hit.

“The TAFE NSW displays were engaging, informative and offered access to many trade skills for a range of vocations. The Try a Trade activities allowed students to use the “tools-of-the-trade” under direct supervision of qualified TAFE NSW trades teachers and demonstrated to youth the variety of careers on offer in trades and technologies,” said Adam Lucas, Manager, TAFE NSW WorldSkills.

In addition to the Try a Trade activities, the WorldSkills Sydney West Regional Competition was held at the TAFE NSW stand over 3-days with student competitors from South Western Sydney and Western Sydney Institutes. These talented students competed to qualify at national level in 2012 with the view to selection in the Australian Skillaroos team to compete at the 2013 WorldSkills International Competition in Germany.

The WorldSkills Sydney West Regional gold medal winners are:

Category Winner Institute
Beauty Care Alaine Watson Western Sydney Institute, Katoomba Campus
Floristry Elizabeth Brouwer Western Sydney Institute, Richmond College
Hairdressing Amy Muscat Western Sydney Institute, Mount Druitt College
Plumbing Adrian Gatt Western Sydney Institute, Mount Druitt College

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