WorldSkills Australia has announced that its events have been postponed again, moving back into the second half of next year and settling into August 2021.
Earlier this year in April 2020, WorldSkills Australia announced the postponement of its National Championships until early 2021, believing this would “provide ample time for things to return to a significant level of normality to be able to hold an event worthy of showcasing skills excellence in Australia,” according to a statement.
“As the year has progressed and with monitoring of both the domestic and international environments, it has become clear that, although there now does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel, there still exists uncertainty around some logistical aspects that may affect the event.”
“After careful consideration and in collaboration with our event partners, the Western Australian Government as well as major event stakeholders, WorldSkills Australia has made the decision to move the WorldSkills Australia National Championships & Skills Show to 26 to 28 August in 2021.”
The organisation said it is “thrilled” that it has been able to secure these event dates with the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with the support of the Western Australian Government and Western Australian Metropolitan TAFE institutions, adding that it cannot wait to “bring all the excitement and exhilarating competition” of the WorldSkills Australia National Championships to Perth in 2021 as planned.
“Our talented competitors have displayed resilience and tenacity to embrace new opportunities and enhance their skill level and employability through their dedication to the National Training Programme, which will be extended to ensure competitors have the opportunity to continue to engage with their peers and mentors so they are at their peak when the Championships commence,” the statement continued. “WorldSkills Australia wishes to acknowledge both the competitors and our volunteers (judges and mentors) who have embraced this new initiative and rose to the challenge of training their way to WA.”
WorldSkills Australia says that the delay in the National Championships will not affect the opportunity of a further pathway for any competitors in eligible skills of representing Australia at an international competition, after WorldSkills International officially announced the postponement of WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about that story here.