WorldSkills is an international competition in the vocational education and training sector, providing an opportunity for trainees, apprentices and students to showcase their industry skills. The ACT Government through Skills Canberra are coordinating WorldSkills competitions in the Canberra region this year, with a number of woodworking competitions already held in joinery, cabinetmaking and carpentry at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) on Friday August 30.
Competitors had six hours to complete their relevant projects and were required to demonstrate their awareness of workplace health and safety practices by wearing appropriate PPE and maintaining a clean and tidy workstation at all times.
Cabinetmakers built a spice cabinet with a single twin pin lapped dovetail drawer with marks awarded for surface finish, conformity and basic measurements within a millimetre.
Carpenters constructed one saw stool each. This included setting the saw stool out on a board and developing all lengths and bevels required with marks awarded for accuracy of the set out, the cutting of components and the tight fitting joints.
Joiners made a joint sampler using common joinery joints. Competitors were marked on their economic use of materials, efficient use of hand tools, the construction of different types of joints and correct joint design.
Winners of all Canberra region competitions will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Ainslie Football Club on Thursday November 7. If eligible, winners may go on to represent the ACT at Australian and even international competitions, showcasing the quality of our local VET sector on the world stage.
Click on the gallery above to view images from the August 30 competition.
For more information on WorldSkills in the Canberra region visit www.skills.act.gov.au/worldskills