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 in 2024

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.

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, contact WorldSkills Victorian State Manager, Mick Prato.

VET in Schools (VETiS)

Secondary students enrolled in VET in school courses 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.

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

Apprenticeships Victoria was the host sponsor of the 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships, which enabled 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. The Department of Education also supported schools to attend the competitions and expo.

The results of the 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships can be found on the WorldSkills website.

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. In the coming months some of our selected Victorian medallists from the 2023 National Championships will be invited to join Australia’s Skillaroos team, which will train for the 2024 International WorldSkills 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 on the Worldskills website.

a beautician student during a World Skills competition