WorldSkills Australia

Didasko Learning Resources is proud to be a Platinum partner of WorldSkills Australia.

Didasko’s commitment to WorldSkills Australia as a Platinum Partner will support the WorldSkills Championships at a regional and national level by providing resources to help promote excellence in vocational skills training and help young people become the best they can be.

WorldSkills Australia inspires excellence which makes them an ideal partner for us. Together we can shape tomorrow’s skill leaders.


Emilia Montague

2nd October, 2017

Emilia Montague

Emilia Montague

Restaurant Service

Competitor Profile

Emilia is a very creative and curious young lady with a big heart.

It was her ‘Nonna’ (Grandmother) who inspired her to follow the restaurant path as she imbued her with a passion and appreciation of food and the restaurant industry.

“The aspects I enjoy most about my job are being able to talk to customers as well as the fact that there is always something new to learn.”

Emilia has a great attitude towards her trade. “Like anything, you have good days and bad days, ups and downs. But seeing yourself grow, learn and develop your skills/trade is the best feeling.”

Her win at the National Competition in 2016 was a highlight and she looks forward to continuing to build her skills and meeting new people through WorldSkills and in particular being a member of the 2017 Skillaroos.

In the future, Emilia would love to work in a chain of hotels in the USA, Italy, the UK or France.

We are very proud to support Emilia is supported on her WorldSkills journey.

Let’s get Australia’s Skillaroos to Abu Dhabi

10th August, 2017

Abu Dhabi

43 of Australia’s best, young, talented tradespeople and their mentors will travel to Abu Dhabi this October to represent Australia, to compete against the world’s elite counterparts at the 44th WorldSkills International competition.

Each Skillaroo has dedicated the past 2 years perfecting their skill. Their status as world-class competitors wouldn’t have been possible without the support of their mentors, tutors, family, friends and a nationwide volunteer and partner network. To get to this point, the Skillaroos have endured a gruelling series of qualifying stages and will now go on to compete in the worlds competitions.

In order to achieve their best shot at success, they’re looking for funding from proud supporters like you, who want to be part of the journey to success of our Skillaroos in Abu Dhabi. Coming 12th out of 77 countries in the last international competitions, they need your support to continue their success for themselves, their teams, supporters and country.

The Skillaroos have worked extremely hard for the opportunity to showcase their elite skills at the world’s most prestigious trade competition for young people. Each Skillaroo deserves the chance to compete at the best of their abilities and with their country behind them. They will represent Australia as a nation that prides itself in young talent and social enterprise.

Who are the Team Australia?

The Skillaroos comprise 18 young people from across Australia, known as the Skillaroos who will compete in 17 skills including bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, heavy vehicle mechanics, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and air-conditioning, carpentry, wall and floor tiling.

They will be supported by 25 industry expert mentors and team managers.

But all this costs money - it will cost over $1 million dollars to send Team Australia to Abu Dhabi and we need your help!

WorldSkills Australia is a registered deductible gift recipient therefore all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Watch the video to get a taste of a WorldSkills competition.

To meet Team Australia, click on this link

Please help Team Australia get to Abu Dhabi and donate today, remember all donations are tax deductible.

2017 Skillaroos and Team Australia announced

14th July, 2017

With just 86 days until the opening of the world’s largest skills competition taking place Abu Dhabi WorldSkills Australia has selected an elite team of 43 people including 18 competitors, mentors and officials who will represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International competition.

The 18 young men and women from across Australia, known as the Skillaroos, who will compete against the best apprentices and trainees from the 77 WorldSkills member countries are all dreaming of becoming the World Champion in their chosen trade or skill area. The Skillaroos are all aged 19 to 22, and represent a wide range of trades and skills, with the majority aligning with the National Skills Needs list. These include bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, heavy vehicle mechanics, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and air-conditioning, carpentry, wall and floor tiling.

The 44th WorldSkills International Competition, to be held in Abu Dhabi, October 14 to 19, will see more than 3000 participants including Competitors, Experts and Officials, from 77 countries compete in 51 skills. Australia, currently ranked 12th in the world, is aiming to finish in the top 10 in 2017.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd congratulated the Skillaroos and Team Australia on their selection. He said they had been chosen following an arduous training regime and their success at the national WorldSkills championships held in Melbourne last year.

“This team has consistently shown the dedication, commitment and excellence we require of Team Australia when they represent our nation against the rest of the world,” said Mr Judd.

“I applaud their determination and congratulate them on their selection. But their success would not have been possible without the dedication and support of their skills mentors. The WorldSkills experts have been selected because they represent the best of their industry or skill category. They are also passionate about helping develop their industry and young competitor.”

Mr Judd said WorldSkills Australia was nurturing and developing the skills of young Australians, and highlighting the opportunities available to those pursuing a trade or skill.

“These young people are excelling in their chosen fields and many have already been rewarded with international experience and opportunities,” he said. “Their trades are really taking them places.”

Team Australia is:

3D Digital Game Art
  • Skillaroo: Alex Schmidt (WA)
  • Expert: David Bartolo (NSW)
Beauty Therapy
  • Skillaroo: Lily Campbell (NSW)
  • Expert: Naomi Zadow (NSW)
  • Skillaroo: Trystan Sammut (Vic)
  • Expert: Troy Everett (NSW)
  • Skillaroo: Nick Johnston (WA)
  • Expert: Jason Hindes (SA)
Car Painting
  • Skillaroo: Dusti-lee Franchi (WA)
  • Expert: Brad Franklin (NSW)
  • Skillaroo: Ryan Grieger (SA)
  • Expert: Allen Hill (NSW)
Construction Metal Work
  • Skillaroo: Brett Mcpaul (NSW)
  • Expert: Craig McVittie (NSW)
  • Skillaroo: Gaby Ware (NSW)
  • Expert: Donna DeMaria (NSW)
Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
  • Skillaroo: Louise Azzopardi (NSW)
  • Expert: Milorad Pirovic (NSW)
Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Skillaroo: Brad Ingham (NSW)
  • Expert: Pete Buttenshaw (NSW)
  • Skillaroo: Joshua Morrissey (NSW)
  • Expert: Dion Iori (NSW)
Landscape Gardening
  • Skillaroo: Alex Halls (NSW) and Dougal King (ACT)
  • Expert: Michael Blasch (ACT)
Patisserie & Confectionery
  • Skillaroo: Mary George (NSW)
  • Expert: Herve Boutin (NSW)
Refrigeration & Airconditioning
  • Skillaroo: Nathan McHugh (QLD)
  • Expert: Carl Balke (QLD)
Restaurant Service
  • Skillaroo: Emilia Montague (QLD)
  • Expert: James Sun (NSW)
Wall & Floor Tiling
  • Skillaroo: Brayden Gauci (NSW)
  • Expert: Peter Steinweiss (NSW)
  • Skillaroo: Dylan Bolch (NSW)
  • Expert: Paul Condran (NSW) & Mark Williams (NSW)

WorldSkills Australia will also send seven category experts to Abu Dhabi to observe and network with experts from around the world. This gives Australia has the opportunity to learn about best practices from other WorldSkills member nations and bring this information back to Australia and use within our Vocational Education and Training sector. This will ensure that Australia remains competitive in these important industries.

Global skills week

10th July, 2017


An amazing week that saw 300 competitors from 16 different countries coming together to train and challenge each other’s abilities before the WorldSkills International Competition later this year.

For the Australian Skill Squad this was the final chance to prove they have what it takes to become a member of the 2017 Skillaroo’s and represent Australia in Abu Dhabi.

The world comes to Newcastle in July

29th June, 2017

Newcastle will become a global centre for skills excellence in July when the city plays host to the WorldSkills Australia Global Skills Challenge – a four-day training exercise for young people from 15 nations to showcase their skills. The 2017 Global Skills Challenge is a simulated international competition where representatives will compete as part of their training across 20 skills in the lead-up to the 44th WorldSkills International to be held in Abu Dhabi in October.

For the 20 young Australians taking part in the four-days of competition this is the final selection process to determine their place as a Skillaroo and represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Competition.

“Our Skills Squad team members will be going all out, as they demonstrate that they have what it takes to be named a member of the 2017 Skillaroos.” said WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd.

To be held from 5-8th July at TAFE NSW Newcastle, Hamilton, and Glendale as well the WesTrac Training Facility in Tomago, the Global Skills Challenge is being supported by TAFE NSW and Newcastle City Council.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the event highlights just how much can be achieved with a trade or skills-based career.

“In my capacity as Minister for Skills I have the privilege of seeing the dedication and passion of students pursuing careers through VET, and the WorldSkills competition is a great way for our young tradespeople to showcase their efforts,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The competition also shines a light on important skills such as painting and decorating, fashion technology, beauty therapy and hairdressing – skills that Australians rely on every day.”

“I am proud to say that TAFE NSW has always played a critical role in skilling our young people and is a natural choice to support and host this prestigious international event.”

During the Global Skills Challenge there will be 300 competitors, experts and delegates from:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Taiwan
  • UK
  • USA

Mary is on a mission

8th June, 2017

Mary George

Mary George

Patisserie & Confectionary

Competitor Profile

Mary is on a mission – to become the best pastry chef in the world! Her ambition is matched by her positive attitude and creative spirit.

She started baking cupcakes and started her own cupcake business at the age of 13. Taking inspiration from the TV show Masterchef, Mary began attending food events and French cooking classes.

“It was at these classes I discovered my passion and love for all things patisserie.”

After work experience at a French patisserie, she entered the WorldSkills competition and it was an unforgettable experience for Mary.

“WorldSkills has inspired me to dream bigger and make bolder personal goals. It’s also opened a lot of doors and created exciting professional opportunities as well as making me organised.”

Mary has big plans for her future. She wants to open her own patisseries and launch a worldwide brand whilst also taking on the best competitions, such as the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie – the World Pastry Cup – held in France and of course being a member of the 2017 Skillaroos and competing in Abu Dhabi in October.

Didasko Learning Resources are very proud to support Mary on her WorldSkills journey.