Talented Territorians take off 

Back L-R: Ross Caswell, Jodie Cridland, Nicholas Howell and Andrew Owens. Front L-R: Fiona Weir, Kristy Bulluss, Emma Dippell and Savo Babic

The Territories best young talent left for Sydney on 9 July  to represent the NT at the ‘2008 Worldskills Australia National Competition’ held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre from 9-13 July. 

With the presentation ceremony to be held on July 14 at the State Theatre where they will also in the running for the WorldSkills Australia ‘Evatt Shield’ awarded to the state who has shown the most outstanding performance. Gold winners of this competition will make up the ‘Skillaroos’ team which will travel to Canada in 2009 to represent Australia in the International Worldskills Competition.

In 2007 fifty students from across the Territory went head to head, testing their skills in three open and five VET in Schools (VETiS) categories to win the ‘2007 Worldskills Australia NT Regional Competition’.

Our open winners will represent the Territory in three categories: Ross Caswell, a top class apprentice welder, under the skilled instructions of Mark Taylor and the Fingers Aluminium Team; Jodie Cridland and Kirsty Bulluss, apprentice hairdressers extraordinaire, with Sonia Kinna’s, I AM Hair & Spa Lounge; and Emma Dippell, Silver Medallist in the 2008 Nestle Gold Chefs Hat Competition and a Skycity apprentice chef working under the excellence guidance of Executive Chef Karl Ewald.

Our VETiS winners will represent the Territory in four categories: Nicholas Howell, Information Technology from Nhulunbuy High School, Savo Babic, Electrotechnology from Casuarina Senior College, Andrew Owens, Primary Industries - General Agriculture, and Fiona Weir, Cookery from Taminmin High School. Our fifth winner, Lyndsay Woods, Business Administration from Casuarina Senior College, decided to launch her career now, taking up a fantastic position with the beautifully landscaped and well appointed Darwin Airport Resort.