Perth Selected to Host the WorldSkills National Championships & Skills Show 2020The Perth Convention Bureau are delighted to announce that Perth has been selected as the destination for WorldSkills National Championships & Skills Show 2020, a biennial event that is expected to attract up to 1000 competitors and 20,000 visitors to Perth from 10-16 August.

WorldSkills Australia (WSA) creates an opportunity for students within the Vocational, Education & Training (VET) sector to compete in competitions testing their prowess in various industry skills taught over the course of their studies. Alongside this competition, WSA also includes a 300-delegate conference, the TAFE Directors of Australia Meeting, and local careers exhibition ‘SkillsWest’, which will in total take up to 20,000sqm of exhibition space within the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Walk through attendance is also expected from several thousand local students.

The confirmation of this event for Perth comes at a key time for Western Australia following the release of Diversify WA in July 2019, an economic development framework supporting the WA State Government’s vision of growing and diversifying the economy, attracting investment, and securing jobs for the future. WorldSkills Australia works with employers and training providers to tailor competitions to meet local skills demands ensuring that young people are career ready and have the skills necessary for the jobs of the future, positively impacting the future of WA with meaningful employment and job security. WorldSkills Australia’s return to Perth in 2020 spotlights the excellence of the VET sector in WA, and highlights potential for growth in numbers of international students.

Perth Convention Bureau CEO Gareth Martin said that PCB’s activities and strategic sector focus for 2020 is positioned specifically, and in collaboration across Government, to focus on securing conference events as a key catalyst to promote a thriving economy in WA.

PCB CEO Gareth Martin said that the win comes as a result of industry collaboration between the Perth Convention Bureau, the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, TAFE, Tourism WA, and StudyPerth.

“We’re thrilled to have confirmed such a high-profile event for Perth and the VET sector, particularly one that will bring delegates into the State during the winter months, which tend to be a quieter time for tourism in WA,” said Gareth.

“We’re expecting competitor’s families to make the trip across to Perth to be there for support, which will really boost tourism as those delegates filter out to explore the regions of WA after the competition.”

WorldSkills Australia CEO Trevor Schwenke said that they are proud to be bringing the largest skills and trade competition in the Southern Hemisphere back to Perth.

“The team, which will include around 300 volunteers, are eager to showcase the talent of young trainees, apprentices and students from across Australia as they compete for the pride of their state and the title of 'Best in Nation',” said Trevor.

“2019 is forecasted to be the largest regional competition cycle for the organisation to date, and with our recent international success in Kazan, Russia the championships will be a fierce display of Australia's future workforce. We are delighted to be working alongside the Western Australian Government and look forward to celebrating skills excellence in 2020.”

From an individual competitor level, successful competitors have had the opportunity to progress to a number of career-boosting pathways. In addition to potentially competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in their chosen skill nationally and even internationally as members of the Skillaroos (the WorldSkills Australia International Team) there are leadership programs and scholarships to enable young people to become the very best versions of themselves.