Axalta has announced the renewal of its Gold Partner sponsorship with WorldSkills Australia, a not-for-profit organisation focused on “skills excellence” in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers.
Axalta said it will support the 2021/2022 regional competitions with an intention for the partnership to be extended into 2023 for the National Championships after 2021. Each regional event is designed to help improve competitors’ skills, build their confidence and expose them to the latest technologies and techniques. For the regional events, Axalta says it will supply its Standoblue product, which is the latest offering in its waterborne coatings portfolio, and the new generation Sagola spray guns, for which Axalta is the sole distributor in Australia.
“At Axalta, we are passionate about training the future of our industry by encouraging excellence in young professionals and promoting sustainable practices,” said Paul Polverino, National Training Manager for Axalta in Australia. “Axalta and WorldSkills Australia share a common goal to continuously improve the quality of training and educational outcomes for young people who dream of becoming the ‘best of the best’ in vehicle refinishing. We are committed to supporting events and initiatives that promote the industry’s sustainability and longevity.”
Axalta says that the company has supported WorldSkills Australia competitions for more than a decade, offering support and resources such as product training, exposure to the latest work practices and sustainable techniques, problem solving strategies, teamwork development and leadership skills. The company also noted that providing educational opportunities to students of all ages is a key focus area of the Axalta Bright Futures programme.
The WorldSkills Australia National Championships were rescheduled to August 2021 due to COVID-19, leading to 2021 becoming an unusual year for competitors with both regional competitions and the National Championship occurring in the same year.