On Friday 21st October Newman conducted their annual Skills Challenge Day featuring 17 skills challenges, both in VET and non-VET categories. 

Kicking off the day was a special Alumni presentation and Q & A with four outstanding former students who have used their experiences at Newman Senior Technical College as a springboard to success in their post-school endeavours.

The Alumni inspired our students to make the most of their opportunities, to apply themselves, and to be proud of the vocational and employability skills they are developing in their senior school years.

Tim Lightfoot from MITS Alloy and alumni since 2005 reminded students “Just keep having conversations with people. You can learn so much from so many people, the good and bad experiences. Keep showing up, ask questions and you’ll soon know if this field of work is for you but if it’s not, do something about it and get out and see what the world has to offer.”

The VET skills challenges took the form of the qualifying School WorldSkills Competition. Winners in these categories will be eligible to compete at the Regional level (Zone 3) in November, with the possibility of joining the NSW Squad to compete at WorldSkills National Championships in Melbourne in 2023.

WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes skills drive the future of young people, and of Australia. Worldskills aims to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, shift perceptions and create the understanding that learning a skill and choosing a skills-based career, is one of the most important decisions a young person and their family will ever make. Worldskills has been enabling young people to showcase their trade and skills talents since 1981.

The College extends its thanks to our incredibly supportive alumni – Arcadia Meldrum, Siobhan Coughlan, Tim Lightfoot and Telecia Williams, to the attending Newman Industry Board members – Jim O’Brien, Michael Reid and Chris Rowsell and to the NSW government who sponsored the event.