Nothing short of a transformative experience that shapes vocational futures

In August, Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery in various trade skills at the 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships in Melbourne.

Eight talented students represented SCS at this years’ tournament, demonstrating their passion for and dedication to diverse industries including Automotive, Commercial Cookery, Electrotechnology, Hairdressing, Information Technology, and Plumbing.

Four of these students emerged as medal winners, showcasing the depth of talent within Vocational Education and Training (VET) across SCS:

WorldSkills not only highlights the ongoing success (VET) offerings across SCS, the competition also paves the way for promising career pathways for the next generation of trainees and apprentices. 

Mary Bancks, Education Officer – Vocational Education, explains how WorldSkills brings together students from diverse vocational backgrounds to compete in a wide range of skills, from culinary arts to construction.

“WorldSkills isn’t just about showcasing skills, it’s a transformative experience that shapes futures.

“The students don’t just compete, they learn and grow as individuals thanks to the guidance and mentoring provided by judges who are also established industry professionals.”

“The impact of WorldSkills goes far beyond the competition itself. The preparation, networking and exposure to industry leaders leaves a lasting impression on students, demonstrating to potential employers their commitment to excellence,” Ms Mary Bancks said. 

These remarkable achievements not only reflect the hard work and dedication of these students but also illustrate the exceptional VET teachers, courses, and facilities available at SCS.

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), SCS has been instrumental in delivering nationally recognised vocational qualifications. 

In 2022 alone, over 3,400 SCS students engaged in VET courses, resulting in more than 5,200 course enrolments. 

The expansion of VET opportunities into Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10), has further solidified SCS’s dedication to providing students with diverse pathways to success.

Last year, six VET students from SCS secured their place in the HSC Top Achievers list, a testament to the systems’ devoted teachers and high standards of education. 

SCS’ commitment to nurturing practical skills and vocational learning continues to be instrumental in preparing students for the demands of the modern workforce.

As the curtains close on the 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships, the legacy of these gifted students continues. Their achievements not only highlight their individual excellence but also underscore the importance of VET in shaping successful careers. 

“It’s important we continue celebrating the diversity of talent and providing opportunities for the next generation to excel and make their mark in the world,” Ms Mary Bancks said.

  • Holly from Southern Cross Catholic College competing in Hairdressing
  • Charbel from St Joseph Trades Skills Centre competing in Automotive
  • Adrian from Marist Catholic College Kogarah competing in Information Digital Technology
  • George from Saint Yon Trade Training Centre competing in Electrotechnology
  • Claudia from Marist Sisters College Woolwich competing in Hospitality
  • Felix from Saint Yon Trade Training Centre competing in Automotive