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Congratulations to Australia’s Skillaroos

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

Education Minister Julia Gillard today congratulated Australia’s Skillaroos, whose outstanding performance at the International WorldSkills Competition held in Calgary has earned them 12 medals.

Australia’s Skillaroos are made up of 26 apprentices, trainees and vocational education and training students aged 23 and under who were medallists in the 2008 Australian National WorldSkills Competition.

They each competed in their field of expertise, including Welding, Floristry and Web Design, with Heh-Nian (James) Sun awarded the Gold Medal in Restaurant Service and Jessie-Lee Gladwell receiving the Gold Medal in Beauty Care. Jessie-Lee was also awarded the Best of the Nation Award.

Five Skillaroos received Silver Medals and another five were awarded Bronze Medals in the event which was held over 1-7 September.

This is a wonderful result for Australia and all Skillaroos deserve to be proud of their efforts in showcasing their skills in their chosen field on the world stage.

Minister Gillard commended all 26 of these talented young Australians for doing their country proud and will host a reception celebrating their success on October 28.

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 $750,000 a year in funding to WorldSkills Australia for three years and is committed to training more top quality WorldSkills competitors.

The results of the 2009 International WorldSkills Competition sees Australia retain its ranking of fifth in the world.

The Australian Government is investing $3.8 billion over four years to support Australian Apprenticeships and about 400,000 Australians are already in apprenticeship schemes covering more than 500 occupations.

More information and a full list of winners is available at the World Skills Australiawebsite.