The third year of Australia’s National Skills Week was officially launched by federal Minister for Employment, Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor last week (August 13) with activities set to get underway.
National Skills Week 2013 was launched with A Skills Rhapsody at the Automotive Centre of Excellence in Melbourne, with the event showcasing the skills of Victoria’s vocational students.
These students demonstrated their flare for hairdressing, hospitality, floristry, photography, and event management among others, with more than 300 guests in attendance, including industry skills councils, governmentsand members of the WorldSkills 2013 Team Australia Skillaroos.
Addressing guests at the event, Mr O’Connor said: “All Australians would agree that our country would not be what it is today without the hundreds of bricklayers, carpenters, tool makers, electricians, plumbers and mechanics delivered through apprenticeships, our TAFEs and other training centres every year.”
He was joined on the night by MC, Skills One chief executive and chair of WorldSkills Australia Brian Wexham, Victorian Minister for Education Peter Hall, Melbourne Storm prop and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Bryan Norrie and 2013 International WorldSkills Competition gold medallist Timothy Taylor.