St Norbert College students excel in international skills competition

08.11.2017

Information Technology (IT) students at St Norbert College competed in the WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Regional Competition on October 30.

The six Year 11 students completed three 90-minute tasks that required them to develop IT solutions to problems faced by organisations wishing to implement productivity gains through expanding and integrating their information and communication systems.

Matthew Hodges, who was the gold medallist from the competition, is now eligible to compete against other winners from around the nation in the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, which will be held in Sydney in June, 2018.

The winners of the national competition will join the Australian Skilleroos team, to compete in the international competition in Russia in 2019.

Head of Careers and VET at St Norbert College Michael Openshaw said competing in WorldSkills was a fantastic opportunity for the students.

“Having to complete real-world tasks designed to industry standards helps students to develop job-readiness and core work skills,” he said.

“During the competition, students completed a range of tasks including the development of company logo graphics; manipulation of graphics file formats; design and development of organisational documents in accordance with enterprise style guides and business practice; and the modification of databases.”

Mr Openshaw said St Norbert College placed a strong emphasis on vocational education and training, with many students choosing to pursue skills-based careers.

“St Norbert College has a strong VET pathway that is underpinned by students’ career development and interests,” he said.

“Students can engage in a range of programs including school-based traineeships and apprenticeships, workplace learning and external VET training by industry specialists and professionals.

“These programs are aimed at integrating theory and practice to provide students the best opportunities to develop the skills that industries are looking for.”

WorldSkills Australia aims to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training by promoting and building a skills culture, celebrating excellence and showcasing the best of vocational education and training.

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