More than 2000 Victorian senior school students got face to face with training excellence in action at this year's 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition.
Held over three days at the Melbourne Showgrounds, the skills competition pitted 600 young competitors from across Australia in everything from cabinet making and jewellery design, to baking and welding.
Twenty-two Victorians collected medals, including six golds, nine silvers and seven bronzes.
Among the Victorian winners were Luke Scott and Hannah Terry from the Gordon Institute of TAFE in Geelong, who took out the team prize in Mechatronics.
Melinda Lethbridge from Croydon, who studied at Swinburne University, took the top prize in turning, while Elizabeth Lilburn, from Marjorie Millner College, was the floristry winner.
Other Victorian gold medallists were Trystan Sammut from Federation University, who took the prize for bricklaying, and IT systems administration specialist Luke Faccin from RMIT.
Three Victorian VET in School students also received medals; Swinburne Secondary College student Madeleine Baker received a silver in VETiS Commercial Cookery, Keilor Downs College student Michael Nguyen received a silver in VETiS construction, and Ballarat Secondary College student Tom Eastman received a bronze in VETiS Electrotechnology.
Among school groups to visit the competition were year 10 and 11 students from Parkdale Secondary College in Mordialloc, who were accompanied by their school's Pathways and Applied Learning Leader and VCAL Co-ordinator Tracey Seach.
'I think the event is really worthwhile,' Tracey said.
'It was really good for them. It showed them the skills they are learning can put them in good stead and it opened their minds to lots of VET options, lots they had not considered. The students were excited to be there.'
The winners will go on to the international competition in Abu Dhabi next year; the next Australian national competition will be held in 2018.
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