Calling all skilled trainees and apprentices

APPRENTICES and trainees from across central Queensland will put their best skills on show for this year's WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition.

Young vocational apprentices, trainees and tradespeople from across central Queensland are invited to compete in the huge contest, with nearly 50 vocational skills categories available, from automotive, beauty and cookery, to landscaping, restaurant service and welding.

It's the first time the biennial competition will be hosted by CQUniversity - which became the region's biggest training provider following its merger with CQ TAFE in 2014.

WorldSkills Australia is open to all vocational tradespeople aged 23 and under, with the top three competitors in each category  going through to the national final in 2016, competing for a chance to represent Australia internationally as a Skillaroo in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

CQUniversity Pro Vice-Chancellor (TAFE) Dr Greg McMillan said the partnership with WorldSkills Australia was a great opportunity to showcase young vocational talent right across Central Queensland.

"The WorldSkills Australia competition gives young people the chance to excel in their field, and gain new confidence and pride in their trade and skills," Dr McMillan said.

"That's something we already endeavour to achieve across our vocational education at CQUniversity, and as Central Queensland's biggest training provider, we're thrilled to expand that opportunity to all eligible tradespeople across the region, in our partnership with WorldSkills Australia."

If you're in a trade and aged 23 and under, head to and follow the link to register your interest, or email for more information about competitions for your specific trade.  Competitors are encouraged to apply by Friday 24 July.
The competitions for each category will be held at CQUniversity locations in Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone and Emerald from August this year.
Auto Electrical, Automotive Mechanics, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Fitting, Welding, Cabinet Making and Carpentry categories are the first for competition, held across the weekend of August 4 and 5 in Rockhampton and Emerald.  
For the first time in Central Queensland, this year the competitions are also open to high school students completing a vocational course.

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