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Media Release - Trade skills put to test at the Armidale campus

Eight TAFE Vocational Education and Training (TVET) carpentry students have embraced the opportunity to test the skills and knowledge achieved in their trade qualifications in the 2015 WorldSkills Regional Competition.

Students from Duval and Armidale High School will head into the TAFE New England workshops on TAFE New England’s Armidale campus on 6 November to impress the WorldSkills judges.

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) WorldSkills Coordinator, Nicole Flemming, said she was impressed with the level of skills demonstrated by students participating in this year’s competition.

“WorldSkills provides students with a platform to test their skills, overcome nerves and to use their creativity.”

“As a nation we need to continue to strive for skills and excellence, celebrate achievements in the vocational education and training sector and work together to raise awareness of the opportunities that are available in a trade or skills based career,” Ms Flemming said.

WorldSkills Australia’s national program is held biennially across 31 regions in Australia, including New England. Apprentices, trainees and students under the age of 23 can participate in the competition. Regional medallists go on to compete at the National Competition in 2016 for the chance to win the coveted title of Australia’s best in their field.

The competition involves a series of skill-specific tests designed by industry experts that focus on unearthing talent in young Australians undertaking a trade or skill-based career.

Carpentry students will be judged on the construction of a saw stool in addition to their safe use of tools, correct selection of materials, housekeeping and communication skills. Automotive students will be judged on vehicle inspections including how to diagnose and assess timing belt, cooling and break systems.