Top trainees, future tradies and industry leaders connect at Australia’s flagship skills and trades event.

Skills Show Australia, 2018, will run in Sydney from 2–4 June at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour. Presented by WorldSkills Australia, this free event is the nation’s leading vocational education and training event and is expected to attract thousands of would-be students and industry visitors.

For young people looking to embark on future careers in trades and industry, the show is an unparalleled chance for hands-on trades- and skills-focused activities. Multiple workshops and interactive events run alongside face-to-face meetings with industry and educational experts.

From the physical nitty gritty of a job to its future prospects, everything is covered, including new technological advances such as robotics and logistics systems.

National Championships

Hundreds of the nation’s top young tradies will be competing in the WorldSkills Australia National Championships event. Young people from across Australia will compete to be recognised as the nation’s best in about 50 different vocational skills including carpentry and construction. Each competitor will vie for the opportunity to represent Australia in the 45th WorldSkills Competition, to be held in Kazan, Russia, in 2019.

The Cabinetmaking competition will have 12 competitors chasing the gold, silver and bronze, as will the Carpentry competition, while Joinery has eight. They come from 16 different regions around the country and competition runs throughout the event. If you’re looking for future lead employees, here’s a great place to find top picks.

Industry directions

Learn about current STEM and innovation advances in industry at the Skills Show Tech Hub, including demonstrations and presentations from AWS (Amazon Web Services) and VEX Robotics. Or connect with training organisations at the Skills Pathway Expo; specifically designed by Velg Training and WorldSkills Australia to provide an opportunity for attendees to make immediate and direct connections to RTOs that offer nationally recognised qualification vocational pathways.

Skills Show Australia is sponsored by the NSW Government and its VET programs. To support industry and the community, the NSW Government provides subsidised training for eligible students through its Smart & Skilled program. For more information, visit

To register for Skills Show Australia, visit