Quarter OneJuly - September 2017
We focused on cultivating a broader audience, through regional activities, competitor speaking opportunities and strategic partnerships. We also prepared to deliver the Global Skills Challenge, the nation’s largest and most successful international skills competition. Which saw 300 competitors and officials, from 15 countries head to Newcastle, NSW to take part in a 4-day event that simulated a WorldSkills International Championship.
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We grew our network by increasing regional media coverage and expanding our digital presence to a reach of 460,000. Over 36,000 attendees were exposed to WorldSkills Australia activities through involvement with successful industry events. In Q1, 27 past and present Skillaroos featured at 12 different advocacy events around Australia.
We successfully aligned 19 different regional competitions with recognised industry events including the International Jewellery Fair, Reece and RACE roadshows, Beauty Expo and Fine Food Australia, the largest in our organisation’s history. The Newcastle City Council along with more than 40 partner organisations, including, industry leaders, such as 3M, Dermalogica, Reece and Westrac provided funding, equipment and consumables to support the delivery of the Global Skills Challenge. Our event injected over $1,000,000 of direct economic benefit to the City of Newcastle.
We supported our 35 regions activate regional competition in over 57 skill projects across Australia. In preparation, of the International Championships, we activated the Global Skills Challenge, this comprised of delivering a 4-day challenge to international standards, for 315 competitors from 15 countries and provided the platform for the final selection of the 2017 Skillaroos.
Our volunteer network gave more than 10,000 hours of their time during Q1, enabling us to run regional competitions across the country. Volunteers are the essence of WorldSkills Australia and assist with many areas of the organisation, from encouraging young Australians to compete; to building the competition arena. Over 1,500 hours of volunteer time contributed to the success of the Global Skills Challenge execution.