Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the Worldskills Australia National Championships will be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally scheduled for August 2020, the Championships are Australia’s largest vocational education and training competition, attracting more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors.
Competitors currently preparing for the 2020 championships, will be able to compete in 2021.
The 2021 Worldskills National Championships will be held from April 29 to May 1, 2021 at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre.
This is the third time Western Australia has hosted the event with the last National Championships being held in Perth in 2014.
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“This is understandably disappointing news for the many competitors and volunteers who have been preparing for this year’s WorldSkills National Championships.
“As we navigate our way together through these unprecedented times, vocational education and training will be more important than ever in helping us rebuild the State’s economy.
“I want to thank the WorldSkills Australia community for their support and am looking forward to putting our most talented apprentices and trainees back in the national spotlight in 2021.”