Federation TAFE


UB is a participant in WorldSkills Australia, an organisation that conducts skill competitions in over 52 trade and skill areas.

About WorldSkills

Federation University Australia has been the principal sponsor for over 25 years, of the Ballarat/Wimmera WorldSkills competitions. Through this partnership we encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, to shift perceptions and create the understanding that to learn a skill, to choose a skill-based career, rewarding decisions you can make.

Competitions operate on a two year cycle. Regional competitions flow into national competitions and vocational competition winners, if eligible, you can become members of the Team Australia Skillaroos. WSA's program of competitions, aligned to National Training Packages, this work ensures that today's young people have the skills and abilities to compete within a rapidly changing global marketplace.

We have seen many FedUni students transformed through the challenge of competition. Their dedication to prepare for competitions, their satisfaction in achievement and the development of personal confidence has been evident.

WorldSkills is more than just Australia's biggest and most prestigious skills competition, these competitions unearth 'Skill Ambassadors' – the perfect role models for all young Australians who are contemplating their futures, and an example for all Australians of what can be achieved in a trade or skills-based career.

2018 Sydney - National Competition

Congratulation to all the Ballarat/Wimmera WorldSkills competitors with a special mention to the following medallists

Zac Biggin - Gold Medal - Fitting

Hayley Kellett - Gold Medal - Retail Baking

Paul Coon - Bronze Medal - Bricklaying

Warren CartledgeAutomotive MechanicsPaul CoonBricklaying
Tyler AtkinsonCabinetmakingOden CornhillConstruction Steel Work
Alyssa HeardCookeryCorey MannElectrical Installation
Zak BigginFittingLachlan McCarthyFitting
Jacqueline CareyHairdressingLuke ThompsonJoinery
Hayley KellettRetail Baking - BreadSam Van Der LindenWelding

See more information and results

44th WorldSkills International - Abu Dhabi 2017

Trystan Sammut - Bronze Medal

Region: Ballarat-Wimmera
Employer: Lawler Bricklaying
Training: FedUni TAFE 

Trystan gives 100 percent to everything he does, always. His positive energy and determination fuel his passion for bricklaying and make him a fierce competitor.

Trystan first got into the trade by doing work experience through his school and simultaneously his local footy coach took him on board at his work.

“WorldSkills has taught me the value of hard work.” “It’s also opened the door to more job opportunities.”

Trystan has his sights set on owning his own business one day, “but before that, I want to gain more responsibility at my current job”.

His advice to others considering competing in WorldSkills is “DO IT! Nothing like I imagined, but totally worth it as serious as it is, it’s fun more than anything.”

GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! Trystan Sammut

Melbourne Australia 2016

  • Trystan Sammut won GOLD in Bricklaying
  • Alexander Slinger won Silver in Retail Baking/Bread
  • Tyler Atkinson won Silver in Cabinetmaking
  • Zak Biggin won Silver in the Engineering Team Challenge
  • Tom Ward won Bronze in Plumbing

Congratulation to all of our medal winners and participants.

A special mention of our Gold medal winner Trystan, who will be travelling to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to compete in the 44th WorldSkills Competition October 14-19, 2017.

Following success at the National competition our Silver medallists Alexander, Tyler and Zak have been selected to take part in the BBM Youth Support Awards for Skilled Futures $8000 scholarship to further their training and development through work experience in the UK.

Leipzig German 2013

Tim Taylor 2013 Gold Medal Winner. Automotive Mechanical. WorldSkills Sydney

Tim Taylor wins GOLD . . . Outstanding effort Tim!

View WorldSkills Leipzig medal results

View past WorldSkills champions information about Tim Taylor - Automotive Mechanics

London England 2011

Photograph of Skillaroo David McPhersonPhotograph of Skillaroo Matthew HallPhotograph of Skillaroo Romain Marteau

2016 regional competition categories

There is a large variety of WorldSkills competition categories.

  • Automotive mechanics
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Bricklaying
  • Business services
  • Cabinet making
  • Carpentry
  • Cookery
  • Electrical control
  • Electrical installation
  • Fitting
  • Graphic Design Technology
  • Hairdressing
  • Joinery
  • Landscape construction
  • Meat retailing
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Retail baking - bread
  • Retail baking - pastry
  • Sheet metal work
  • Turning
  • Wall and floor tiling
  • Welding

Employers and WorldSkills

Employers are our most important team of supporters. We would like to thank the employers for their support over past years and we look forward to your continued support in the coming years.

Ballarat Wimmera Regional Committee

There would not be WorldSkills competitions within the region without the continued effort and skill of a WorldSkills Committee.

The following people have shown leadership, dedication and volunteered many hours of their own time to support these worthy competitions.

Barry Wright | Chair
Mark Spencer | Treasurer
Geraldine Lewis | Events
Nicole Bayly | Secretary
Peter Morey | Media Promotions
Mick Prato | Ex Officio
Tom Ryan | Regional Coordinator

Committee members
Grant Petch
Sean Cameron
Leon Underwood
Sheree Collins

Team Leader Group
Karl Davies | Coordinator
Ben Curtis
Kayleigh Eastick
Chris Just
Tim Blee (VETiS)

WorldSkills at FedUni TAFE

Worldskills is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the skills of our apprentices and trainees as they compete against their peers locally, nationally and if lucky internationally.

Worldskills challenges young people, their teachers, trainers and employers to achieve world class standards in the workplace and to promote the status of vocational education and training across Australia.

FedUni TAFE apprentices and trainees have competed in every national competition since 1981 and have performed with great distinction winning numerous gold, silver and bronze medals across multiple disciplines.

Our staff have also been recognised for their knowledge, skills and dedication by being chosen as judges in national competitions. We also have internationally recognised Automotive Chief Expert Judge Grant Petch who has appointed to this position in 2005 in readiness for the Helsinki competition. In late 2016 Grant was appointed to the position of Skills Competition Manager for Automobile Technologies for the Abu Dhabi international competitions which is fantastic.

Finally, I encourage all apprentices and trainees to take up the Worldskills challenge and wish everyone who participates every success.

Associate Professor Barry Wright
Executive Director VET
Federation University TAFE

Further information

See WorldSkills website www.worldskills.org.au

Regional contact: Tom Ryan

Mobile: 0422 918 221

FedUni contact:
Jo Reid

WorldSkills National Office (03) 9249 1000 WorldSkills International website