After winning gold at the Regional Worldskills Competition last October, beauty therapist Ella James will now compete in the national championships in Sydney this Friday.
Ella is studying a diploma of beauty therapy with GOTAFE in Wangaratta and will be part of 12 Gold Medallists from GOTAFE to represent Victoria in the ‘Tradie Olympics’ held over three day from June 2-4..
They will join the 86 strong team representing Victoria on the national stage against over 500 Australians competing in 60 trades and skills categories.
Ella is employed at Rutherglen’s Silken Dragonfly where she puts her beauty therapy skills to use each day she works.
Ella told the Free Press she is looking forward to competing against the best in her field but before she does she will fit in some extra training where she can.
“It’s come around so quick and I am so excited for it,” she said.
“I think it will be a great opportunity for me to meet others in the field.
“There are four other beauty therapists in Victoria competing, but I don’t know how many others there are from the other states that I will be up against.”
Ella finished with a high score of 94 at the regional competition that involved students performing a series of treatments over a six-hour period including a facial, waxing through to a French manicure, evening make-up, lash and brow tinting.
GOTAFE Project Officer for WorldSkills, Callum Ross, is excited about the GOTAFE students competing in this year’s competition.
“We have the biggest contingent in Victoria heading to the National Championships and we are ready to show Australia what we are made of,” said Callum.
“I would like to extend a huge thank you the Employers and Trainers of our competitors. There is a great deal of preparation involved to get to the National stage.
“We’d like to congratulate all of our competitors. They are already winners in our eyes, we can’t wait to cheer them on.”
Ella hopes the competition will help get her name out in the beauty therapy industry.
“People in the industry will be at the competition and will see what I can do,” she said.
WorldSkills is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, held every two years, bringing together the best young people from across the world.
Held in Darling Harbour, Sydney, the WorldSkills National Championships will see 500 competitors aged 16-24 years representing 60 skills.
With more than 20,000 spectators, 300 judges, 120 volunteers and $10 million worth of materials and equipment, competitors will spend up to 20 hours battling it out with the nation’s best tradies.
WorldSkills Australia operates in 31 regions across Australia including the Goulburn Valley and North East, with the winners in with a chance to represent Australia at the major world title held in Russia in 2019.
WorldSkills National Championships, “Skills Show Australia 2018” will be held at ICC Darling Harbour, Sydney from Saturday 2 June to Monday 4 June 2018.