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Landscape Construction Regional WorldSkills Competition 2015

Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association on 16 September 2015
Landscape Construction Regional WorldSkills Competition 2015

Landscape Construction Regional WorldSkills Competition 2015

Sydney Regional Landscape - Construction Competition - Confirmed Competitors List 2015
Jordan Cahill - Australian Training Company Ltd - Host: The GardenMakers
Jackson Webb - Landscape Solutions
Luke Kaldas - Design Landscapes Pty Ltd
Liam Matson - Australian Training Company Ltd - Host: The GardenMakers
Travis Falkingham - Lone Pine Landscapes
Michael Rollins - NorthShore & Beaches Landscaping
Chris Roberts - Sterling Group Services Pty Ltd

WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition explained

The WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition is a challenge. A challenge to be the best in your skill area! Competitions aim to test your skills against those of your peers. It will inspire you to be the best you can be. Competing will show you how your skill levels rank against others in your industry.

Why should you compete?

WorldSkills competitions offer an incredible opportunity. Competitions allow you to measure your work performance against other people in your industry and region. Competition feedback can tell you a lot about yourself, in particular where you need extra training and what your strengths are. Results are a great way to get noticed at work and you may want to use the external feedback about your skills and abilities at your next work performance review.
Competition results will make you stand out! Giving it a go will demonstrate to current and future employers, the dedication you have towards your training and development. 
How does the competition work?
At the competition you will be provided with a work area. Each work area in your category will be identical, meaning that each competitor will have the same materials, equipment and instructions. You will be given a competition project to complete over one day. You can bring your own tools according to a list provided in the Project Information package.
Your work will be assessed both during and at the end of the competition by a judging panel according to a prescribed marking system. Competition results will be announced as soon as possible and you will be presented with a certificate and a score sheet which details how you rated in each different skill area.

Am I eligible to enter?
To be eligible for the 2015 Regional Competition, you must be born on or after 1 January 1992.
To be age eligible for the 2016 National Competition you must be born on or after 1 January 1992.
For international participation at the 43rd WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017, competitors must be born on or after 1 January 1995 when competing at their Regional Comp in 2015.
Guidelines:
1. All 2016 National Competition competitors must have competed in a 2015 Regional Competition
2. Regional committees will be responsible for nominating their most appropriate competitor for the National Competition
3. There is no guarantee of any pathway following the Regional or National Competition
All applicants must
1. Either work, live or study in the region where they apply for entry into competition
2. Have the approval of their employer to participate in the Regional Competition
3. Abide by the rules of competition

So what is Worldskills?

Worldskills is a competition based skills development initiative designed for young people in their particular industry, or in the words of many "an Olympics for trades". Landscape Trade is one of the categories that you can compete in.  There are three levels or tiers:

Regional level - Competition based in local state areas, usually eight competitors per regional competition. Competitors get 8 hours to construct a landscape from a set of plans.
National level Competition based nationally, top eligible winner from each regional competition go onto represent their region in a 3 day event.
International level Competition based internationally, the top two eligible competitors from each national competition team up for a 5 day event.

Competitions run in two year cycles. The competitors who go into the events do so to get recognition of skills, experience in construction in a competition/pressure based environment, improvement of problem solving skills, the potential to travel and meet some amazing people along the way - to name just a few things.

At all three levels of the competition the competitors demonstrate skills that are essential to the construction of typical landscape works, including plan reading and setting out, flexible paving (on a sand bed), rigid paving (on a mortar bed), brick work, timberwork, stonemasonry skills, turf installation, plant material selection and usage.

The top competitors from the Regional competition may go on to represent the Sydney Region at the National competition in 2016 (Location TBA), and may also have an opportunity to represent Australia at the next International Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

The Sydney Regional competition will be held on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at Ryde Campus. We would like to invite all employers to encourage young landscapers to compete in the upcoming regional competition in their local area.

Don't miss this opportunity to demonstrate your skills.

For more information about Worldskills go to http://www.worldskills.org.au/

To view the Worldskills 2015 Regional presentation click here

For more information regarding the Sydney Region competition, to express interest in competing or request an application form please contact Kris Cadogan from Ryde TAFE on 9448 6266 or Kristofer.Cadogan@tafensw.edu.au

 

Author: LNA Master Landscapers Association
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