Skillaroos join the gold trade
THEY’RE Australia’s best of the best and have gold medals in their sights, but the Skillaroos are not a team of sports stars.
They are young tradies and vocational graduates who have been training hard for the past two years to compete at World Skills, the biennial “tradie Olympics”.
This year the event will be hosted by Abu Dhabi, where competitors from 58 countries and regions will compete in 51 skill categories, from car painting and landscape gardening to beauty therapy and hairdressing. It kicks off on Saturday with an opening ceremony followed by three days of competition, with projects completed under strict conditions and time limits.
Australia will fight to improve its ranking from 12th in the world.
For the first time, WorldSkills has introduced a 3D digital game art category and Australia will compete in heavy vehicle maintenance.
Waiter Emilia Montague is off to WorldSkills.