WorldSkills

Victoria is a proud participant in regional, national and international WorldSkills competitions. WorldSkills promotes and builds a skills culture, celebrates excellence, and showcases vocational education and training, trades and apprenticeships by fostering career pathways for Victoria’s young people; empowering them to become successful global citizens.

Designed by industry and skills experts, WorldSkills competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability against strict criteria. Focusing on the highest quality of training standards, employers and training providers can use the competition to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programmes.

plumbing apprentice during a World Skills competition

Start your journey with WorldSkills today

Compete in 60 skills across:

  • Construction & Building Technology
  • Creative Arts & Fashion
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Manufacturing & Engineering Technology
  • Social & Personal Services
  • Transport & Logistics
  • VET in Schools (VETiS) skills.
welding apprentice during a World Skills competition
WorldSkills Competition Cycle
Regional CompetitionsHeld every 2 years, Regional Competitions take place in 34 regions across Australia.
National ChampionshipsFollowing the Regional Competitions, winners come together to compete to become named Australia’s best at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships
International CompetitionsUpon conclusion of the National Championships, Australia will select a team – the Skillaroos – to represent their country and compete against the rest of the world at the WorldSkills International Competition. This is takes place in the same year as the Regional Competitions.

2022 Regional Competitions

Registrations for the 2022 regional competitions are now open. Get involved and participate in WorldSkills competitions as a competitor, judge or mentor. 

This year more than 130 regional competitions will be held across the eight WorldSkills regions in Victoria. Regional competitions test the skills and knowledge of apprentices, trainees and students, who have the chance to win gold, silver and bronze medals and go on to compete at a national level.

Key dates:

  • July-October 2022 regional competitions take place
  • November- December Award ceremonies for regional winners
  • December 2022- February 2023 Team Victoria selection for National Competitions.

To be eligible to enter a regional competition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Be undertaking studies towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE

There is no age criteria to enter the regional competition, however the National Age Ruling will apply to those who wish to proceed to the 2023 National Championships. For more information about competition eligibility, see here. Regional competitions are open to International students however to proceed to the National Championships, the competitor must be an Australian resident or citizen.

Open age categories

Apprentices and trainees who are completing or have recently completed a course aligned to a National Training Package at a Victorian TAFE or Registered Training Provider may be eligible to enter an open age Regional competition.

For more information about competitions, including when they are being held and where, contact WorldSkills Victorian State Manager, Mick Prato.

VET in Schools (VETiS)

Secondary students enrolled in VET in schools course aligned to a National Training Package, including school based apprentices, may be eligible to enter the VETiS regional competition.

Contact the VETiS Victoria Regional competitions for more information about which competitions are being held and where.

Judges and mentors

The WorldSkills model relies primarily on volunteers to mentor competitors and to organise and judge competitions. When you volunteer with WorldSkills Australia, you will make a meaningful contribution to the lives of thousands of young Australians. There are a number of ways to become involved as a volunteer, from being a member of a Regional Committee that oversees activities in your region, to mentoring and training young people, to assisting at events. If you are interested in getting involved contact the WorldSkills Victorian State Manager, Mick Prato.

2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships

The Victorian Government and Apprenticeships Victoria are thrilled to enable the state of Victoria to showcase the level of skills excellence that exists within the state, as Victorian apprentices, trainees, and students compete against their peers from other states and territories to be recognised as national champions.

Apprenticeships Victoria is the host sponsor of the 2023 WorldSkills National Championships and Skills Show co-located with Victorian Careers & Employment expo, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) between 17-19 August 2023. The Department of Education and Training will also be supporting schools to attend the competitions and expo.

A competitor at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships should not be older than 24 years in the year of competition (for 2023 – born on or after 1 January 1999) and be an Australian citizen or resident.

Key dates:

  • February- July competitor training
  • 16 August opening ceremony
  • 17-19 August 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show
  • co-located with Victorian Careers & Employment expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • 20 August closing ceremony
  • October- December Australia’s team the Skillaroos selected

2024 WorldSkills International Competitions

Following the National Championships, WorldSkills Australia sends a highly trained team, the Skillaroos, to compete against 80 member countries for the title of the world’s most skilled country. Our current cycle of the 2022 regional competitions could take a competitor through to the 2023 National Championships, then on to the 2024 International Competition in Lyon, France.

A competitor at the WorldSkills Lyon competition (should not be older than 23 years in the year of competition (born on or after 1 Jan 2002) and be an Australian citizen or resident

Find more information about WorldSkills here.

a beautician student during a World Skills competition