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Skillaroos finish seventh at Skills Olympics

Ministers:

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

The Australian Skillaroos have finished seventh in world rankings after winning 10 medals at the International WorldSkills Competition in London held from 5 – 8 October.

Minister for Skills, Senator Evans, congratulated Team Australia’s Skillaroos, for its outstanding performance which included a Gold medal performance and Best in Nation Award for Benjamin Houghton in Electrical Installations.

Silver medals went to Guy Brooks - Welding; Kye Szeniak- car painting; Kate Crocker-Restaurant Service and Liam Janetzski- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

The Skillaroos took home five bronze medals including: Mathew Hall, Ben Hooper and Michael Theobald in the Manufacturing Team Challenge; Lester Tibbles-Bricklaying and Alexis Scott for Hairdressing.

“What a tremendous result for Australia and all the Skillaroos deserve to be proud of their efforts showcasing their skills in their chosen field on the world stage,” Senator Evans said.

“This outcome is a great way to end National Skills Week, which has been a great way for us to show just how important skills and training are for our economy.”

The WorldSkills competition represents 51 member countries and regions worldwide and was established in 1950, with Australia competing in every competition since 1988.

The Australian Government is providing $1.3 million a year in funding to WorldSkills Australia for three years and is committed to training more top quality WorldSkills competitors.

The Skillaroos – a team of 28 apprentices, trainees and vocational education and training students aged 23 and under – were all selected from the 2010 Australian National WorldSkills Competition.

For more information, including photographs and updates got to www.worldskills.org.au/Dashboard/.