AiGTS welcomes Global Skills participants


Earlier this year AiGTS and Ai Group had the pleasure of hosting the welcome dinner for the highly skilled participants of the Global Skills Challenge.

This Global Skills Challenge was a lead-up event to the 41st WorldSkills International Competition, (aka the Skills Olympics), held in London.

The 28 participants of the Australian team, the Skillaroos, made the team by winning regional and National competitions in their skill area.

They are Australia’s most skilled and talented young people, and they competed with the World’s best from 50 other participating countries.

The Global Skills Challenge was organised by World Skills Australia, and hosted by the Illawarra Institute of TAFE.

Working to conditions and judging criteria that simulate the Worldskills Competition, the Skillaroos and 104 guests, including participants from the Canada, Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, NZ, Singapore and the UK, showcased their skills and got valuable competitive practice and experience.

The welcome dinner, jointly sponsored by AiGTS and Ai Group, was held at the Novotel Northbeach, with AiGTS Director of Training Services, Brian Kerwood, and Ai Group NSW
Director, Mark Goodsell, as guests of honour. Leanne Grogan the Ai Group Illawarra Regional Manager, Eric Milne and Mick Power of AiGTS also attended, along with AiGTS host employer, Adam Oswald of KJ Industrial Scaffolding.

Mark Goodsell’s keynote address highlighted the role of AiGTS in skills development, and the importance of its continued focus in assisting Australian businesses to meet their skills needs.

Mark congratulated the young audience and told them their achievements demonstrated the special qualities that marked them as potential leaders of the future.

Their leadership, innovation and sustainability would drive the future development, prosperity and health of the World.

Also present at the welcome dinner, were the Jamaican Minister of Education, Andrew Holness and his advisor, Ruel Reid.

As well as supporting the Jamaican team they were on a fact-finding visit to Australia to better understand Vocational Education strategies that might be beneficial if implemented. They were particularly interested in how Group Training could be used as a model for development of the apprenticeship system in Jamaica.

As part of their visit, Leanne Grogan organised a guided tour of the Port Kembla Bluescope Steelworks.

Mick Power of the AiGTS Wollongong office and Craig Nealon of Bluescope Steel escorted the party, and explained the importance of the steel industry to the Illawarra economy. AiGTS host employer, KJ Industrial Scaffolding hosts six AiGTS Scaffolding trainees and a Business Administration trainee working on the Bluescope Steelworks site.

Minister Holness was particularly interested in the way AiGTS and KJ Industrial Scaffolding interact to provide the full range of skills and training for the trainees, both on and off-site. He was also impressed about the way AiGTS provides both the trainees and the host employer with services and benefits such as recruitment and selection, mentoring, OHS advice and support, and the various HR and payroll functions.

During the visit Minister and his advisor saw the full steel-making process in operation and the contract work that KJ Industrial Scaffolding, and other Illawarra Ai Group members do to support this vital industry.

Australian Industry Group Training
Services (AiGTS)
Ph: 1300 761 944