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Team Australia doubles medal tally

Plenty of video coverage from the International WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Canada thanks to SkillsOne and World Skills TV .  Interviews with competitors and experts give a good overview of the entire Competition.

I have just been watching Carah Fraser who is a welder and a bit of a character. She discovered welding after some job hopping and is loving her work even though it is in a traditionally male dominated environment. Her advice to women is to go for it and not listen to the old dinosours who say that it is not women’s work! Grant talks about how he got into plumbing and said that he had ‘hands-on’ and business skills and is now teaching plumbers. Karl discusses  his project in fitting and turning and how early life on a farm fired up his interest in making and fixing things. There are lots of good and positive stories that are coming out of Calvary which are captured beautifully on video.

Competitors start in regional competitions and then successful ones participate in the national event and possibly go onto the internationals. WorldSkills Australia is featured prominently in this week’s edna VET theme page with their latest annual report, and a case study on how WorldSkill’s Australia set up some ‘green’ benchmarks for future events. In Australia, it is supported by the state and Federal Governments, and a wide ranging list of supporters and sponsors.

There is also information about the governance of WorldSkills International. It is run with a Board of Directors and Secretariat,  and a General Assembly, Leaders Forum, and Youth Forum convening at various times during the two year cycle leading up to the next international event.

New theme page released

The edna VET team is committed to pulling together  resources  into theme pages that are interesting and relevant to you.  Currently there are 16 themes on Teaching and Learning in VET and 17 themes on Business and Industry The latest one is the last of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classifications (ANZIC) 2006 and has been entitled ‘Other services’. What are ‘Other services?’ I hear you ask.

Well, according to ANZLIC  they are fairly varied including autobody repairs, hairdressing, beauty therapy, and funeral services.  The theme page picks up on the fact that many of these occupations are related to personal care but also draws repairing and maintaining equipment and machinery (with some exceptions) into its ambit.

A nice aspect of this page is that it includes some young people who are part of the 2009 Australian Skillaroos team that has gone over to Calvary to compete – check out the Twitter feed. Lots of discussion happening and you can get an RSS feed to save you having to travel to the website for news every day. Thanks to WorldSkills Australia for using web 2.0 tools to create a rich picture of what is happening over there in Calgary for the 40th International WorldSkills Competition.