Tradies came from all regions came together last week to compete at SkillsTech Australia’s annual Wet Trades Industry Engagement Day at the Acacia Ridge Training Centre.

Held in the lead up to National Skills Week, the day featured live demonstrations and competitions, and a range of displays from industry partners.

SkillsTech Australia Business Manager Colin Marshall said highlights of the day were the painting and decorating WorldSkills competition, as well as the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries Apprentice Plastering Challenge.

“The Wet Trades team awarded students for excellence in their field with more than $8000 worth of industry donations on offer,” Mr Marshall said.

“Congratulations to those apprentices who were recognised and thanks also to the wet trades and furnishing industry, manufacturers and suppliers who kindly donated prizes,” he added.

SkillsTech Australia Painting and Decorating teacher Justin Barlow said SkillsTech Australia was all about industry engagement.

“Industry Engagement Day is our way of presenting our world-class facilities and training to employers, offering information about new products and trends, and recognising our apprentices,” Mr Barlow said.

“Our trade qualified teachers and apprentices were on hand to talk about training and its delivery – what works and what doesn't. We are here to listen to industry and provide what they need.”

More than 30 industry manufacturers and suppliers attended, as well as a range of apprenticeship and training organisations.

Now in its third year, National Skills Week runs from 20 August to 1 September and promotes positive messages, highlighting the talents, skills and value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers.

The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.