The Regional WorldSkills competition in TVET Signcraft was held recently at the TAFE NSW Western Institute Orange Campus. TVET is TAFE delivered vocational education and training which offers senior high school students the chance to complete their secondary education, acquire work skills and gain a VET qualification.
Wayne Stewart, Head Teacher of Signcraft at Orange said, "There has been a lot of interest in Signcraft amongst TVET students during the past few years, and a number have gone on to complete trade qualifications after leaving school."
"Our standards are also high; there have been two National WorldSkills gold medal winners and a National Sign Association Gold Medal winner from the Orange campus"
The Regional WorldSkills project was designed this year by the chief judge, Alicia McDonall, an Orange campus Signcraft teacher. Alicia is also a former WorldSkills Gold Medal winner. She said, "The standard in the competition was very high this year".
"We are hoping to be able select a suitable person from the regional placegetters to represent the Macquarie Region at the next National WorldSkills competition which will be held in Sydney next year. We will be offering some extensive training towards that goal."