THE industry's most promising mechatronics apprentices will be competing for national glory at Automate 2002, as part of the lead-up to the International WorldSkills Competition to be held in Switzerland in 2003.
The national competition made up of young technicians who have already proven themselves regional winners, represents the pinnacle of industry skill achievement.
WorldSkills Australia volunteer and international mechatronics judge Andrew Heath said the aim of the competition was to challenge young people, their teachers, trainers and employers to achieve work class competency standards and to promote the status of vocational education and training across Australia.
"During Automate 2002 these young people will work under tough competition conditions in order to prove themselves the best mechatronics technician in Australia."
The competition will combine the trade areas of mechanics, electronics, programmable controllers, pneumatics, sensors and hydraulics.
For the first time, WorldSkills Australia has joined forces with Australian Exhibition Services and FESTO to bring the national competition to an industry relevant trade show.
"It's important that industry see the vitality, passion and enthusiasm that young competitors bring to the marketplace," said Mr Heath.
"Their performance over the three days will inspire and excite, bringing a renewed focus for the industry on youth development and technological advancement."
The competition is a great example of how the industry can come together to support the development of young people.
Covering 28 regions in Australia, WorldSkills Australia has brought the challenge of industry skill achievement to more than 40,000 competitors.
WorldSkills Australia competitions are held every two years for young tradespeople under the age of 25. Internationally Australian competitors will compete against 33 other member countries.
Principal sponsors TAFE New South Wales and the Australian National Training Authority is a supporter of the national competition.
For further information about WorldSkills Australia visit the website at www.worldskills.com.au.