RMIT plays host to Australia’s biggest international skills excellence event

The 2019 Global Skills Challenge included 500 competitors and officials from across 15 countries.

RMIT was proud to play host to a number of events as part of the recent 2019 Global Skills Challenge – Australia’s biggest international skills excellence event including 500 competitors and officials from across 15 countries.

Presented by World Skills Australia in partnership with the Victorian Skills Commissioner, the Challenge showcased Australia’s best and brightest apprentices and trainees across a range of trades and skills including cloud computing, electrical installations, plumbing and heating and graphic design technology.

RMIT was represented by students Sebastian Mollison and Joshua Hem in the field of mechatronics, a speciality wherein technicians apply their engineering skills and knowledge to solve technical problems and maintain automated mechanical equipment.

“If you are passionate about your trade and like to challenge yourself, I would highly recommend getting involved,” Joshua said.

“It is a great experience and an opportunity to refine your skills and be trained by some of the best in the business. There is also potential to represent your school, state or nation along the journey, opening so many doors for the future of your career.”

RMIT and international competitors at the 2019 GlobalSkills Challenge mechatronics event

RMIT Director Vocational Education and Engage Louise Robinson said the event was a wonderful celebration of skills excellence and a true reflection of the global strength of Australia’s skills sector.

“RMIT was honoured to be part of the Challenge and to host so many wonderful competitors and officials, teachers and trainers at our beautiful Melbourne CBD campus.

“This event not only highlights the incredible opportunities available to young people in Australia’s skills sector, but the important role Universities and TAFEs plays in supporting the next generation of local and international workers through knowledge and skills development,” Robinson said.

RMIT’s involvement in the 2019 GlobalSkills Challenge is just one example of its ongoing commitment to multi sector education, said RMIT Executive Director Vocational Education, Peter Ryan.

 “Skills training has been a core part of RMIT since we began life as the Working Men’s College in 1887 and we remain committed to developing global skills to help our students to get the jobs they want, directly or via pathways into Higher Education,” Ryan said.

“We work incredibly closely with trades and skills leaders and experts from across diverse industries to ensure our graduates have the right skills and knowledge to enter the workforce with confidence and provide immediate and long-term value to their employers.”

The 2019 Global Skills Challenge was held between 9 and 15 April 2019 at three Victorian TAFEs – RMIT, Holmesglen and Kangan (ACE Centre of Excellence and Richmond campus).

The event was the final training exercise before the official selection of the Skillaroos, the team that will go on to represent Australia at the 45th WorldSkills International Championship in Kazan, Russia on 22-27 August 2019.

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