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Australia showcases skills to the world in Skills Olympics

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

A team of 28 talented young tradespeople will set off for London to showcase Australia’s skills to the world during Australia’s inaugural National Skills Week.

The Skillaroos will compete in the 41st International WorldSkills Competition, better known as the Skills Olympics, which coincides with Australia’s inaugural National Skills Week, launched today by Minister for Skills and Jobs, Chris Evans.

“The Skillaroos are real life examples of the opportunities that are available to talented apprentices and trainees in a range of different skills and trades areas,” Senator Evans said.

“The values of learning a trade as an apprentice or trainee will be highlighted during National Skills Week in an effort to encourage other Australians to take up similar life-changing opportunities.

“National Skills Week is a time to shine a spotlight on the hundreds of career opportunities and thousands of training places available for Australians of all ages.”

The theme for the 2011 National Skills Week from October 1 to 8 is ‘Hands and Minds: the DNA of skills and trades’.

“It is not only good skills, but a good mind, that leads to a successful career in trades,” Senator Evans said.

“The Skillaroos are testament to the benefits of being in a successful career that you’re passionate about.

“The Gillard Government recognises the benefits of having a job, for the individual and the economy, and National Skills Week will give potential apprentices and trainees the chance to learn about these benefits first hand.”

More than 50 countries will compete in this year’s Skills Olympics, which is expected to attract crowds of more than 150,000 people. The Australian team is made up of competitors from 26 different skill categories including restaurant service, fashion technology, car painting and landscape gardening.

“The Australian Government has invested in delivering skills to Australians to help them achieve their full potential and secure a better future,” Senator Evans said.

For more information see www.nationalskillsweek.com.au, www.worldskills.org.auor www.skills.gov.au.