Gladstone apprentice in the frame to represent Australia at WorldSkills competition in Russia

Published:23 July 2018

CQUni-trained apprentice Anthony Cobb is among 23 young Australians who will train towards selection to represent Australia at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Russia, in 2019.

CQUni-trained apprentice Anthony Cobb has earned the right to train towards selection for Australia's team at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Russia, in 2019.

The electrical apprentice at Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd is among 23 young Australians who have won the right to join the Aussie team, known as the Skills Squad.

This follows his recent gold-medal triumph in the Electrical Installation section of the WorldSkills Nationals competition in Sydney, in early June.

Anthony competed against 12 other apprentices to win gold and said his on-the-job training and his vocational training put him in good stead.

“Without all of that training I wouldn’t have made it very far – it helped me so much,” he said.

The Skills Squad team members will spend the next 10 months working with a dedicated training manager for the chance of being selected to represent Australia at the world’s biggest skills excellence competition in Kazan, Russia, where the best young apprentices and trainees from more than 70 nations will compete during August 2019.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said the goal in 2019 was to “maintain and improve on Australia’s top 10 finish” from the last international championships, held in 2017.

“Representing Australia at the World Championships, which can be likened to a skill Olympics, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Skills Squad team members and we are committed to provide them with the best opportunity to prove that they should be selected to compete in Russia next year,” Mr Judd said.

“Many of the skills being represented are in the skills shortage areas for Australia. For WorldSkills to have outstanding competitors in these areas is very encouraging and an absolute credit to the competitors, their training providers and employers.”

Mr Judd said Skills Squad members would need to show dedication, commitment and excellence to be chosen to represent Australia in Russia.

“It’s wonderful to see the opportunities these young people are being given through their trades and skills.”

Mr Judd also recognised and congratulated the training managers on their appointments and applauded them for their commitments to developing their industries and mentoring the Skills Squad members.

A training camp will be held in early September for Skills Squad members and their training managers to develop training programs.

Final selection for the 2019 Skillaroos will take place at the Global Skills Challenge in May 2019.

* WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes that skills drive your future and Australia’s prosperity. Since 1981 it has been the leading voice for skills excellence in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers in Australia and has raised the awareness of hundreds of thousands of young Australians, as well as their parents, industry and employers that our nation’s future depends on effective skills training systems. For more information visit .