After a whirlwind event, Queensland’s top trade talent have brought home a total 39 medals at the 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships including 16 gold, 8 silver and 15 bronze medals. TAFE Queensland apprentices, trainees and students secured 30 of the medals, with an additional five competitors being awarded Medallions of Excellence. This is an outstanding achievement for the young apprentices and trainees competing in their prospective trade and skill areas.

A number of the TAFE Queensland competitors awarded gold medals are now eligible to be selected to join the Australian Skillaroos Team and compete at the 46th WorldSkills International Competition in Shanghai, China in October 2022. This opportunity will allow the young apprentices and trainees to showcase their skills on the international stage, competing against 75 member countries.

Automotive mechanics apprentice Tobias Seibel, who works for Motorama Toyota (Moorooka), won gold for his trade area and said that competing in the championships was a big thing for him and that he felt he needed to do Queensland proud.

“I nearly hit the floor when the announcement was made. I’ve come away with a victory so I’m pretty happy with that,” Tobias said.

“The mechanical side of things comes from a few generations back. My grandfather was quite involved with racetracks and even helped with the building Morgan Park raceway out at Warwick. Dad has always been a diesel tech himself so it’s in the blood I guess and it’s just a big thing to do the family proud,” he continued.

The National Championships were hosted in Perth, but due to COVID-19 restrictions the competition was also run in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. Unfortunately the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria competitors were unable to compete this year.

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell said that TAFE Queensland has long been a strong supporter of the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, and to have 30 TAFE Queensland apprentices and trainees be awarded medals was an outstanding achievement.

“My congratulations goes out to all of the apprentices and trainees who competed in this year’s Championships. The hours of training and study that each competitor put into the Championships is an illustration of their dedication to their trade and something that they should all be very proud of,” Mrs Campbell said.

“The championship was an exciting time for not only our competitors but for the TAFE Queensland staff who were involved in the competition. A special mention must also be made to our staff who also volunteered their time so that our young trade professionals could test their skills and showcase their talents.”

WorldSkills Australia Queensland Manager Eric Davis has been involved with the Championships since 2003 and said he was extremely pleased that amongst the current restrictions held across our states that Queensland rallied together to give the competitors the opportunity to compete and test their skills against Australia’s best.

“Having competed in the Championships, the competitors are now more confident in themselves and have a greater understanding of their skill area and industry. Most importantly competing has brought the competitors new confidence and knowledge that they can take back to their workplace that will benefit their employers, work colleagues and their industry.”

“I look forward to the next stage of the competition when competitors from the Queensland Team gain selection to join the Australian Skillaroos Team and travel to China to compete on the international stage,” he said.

The 2021 Queensland team members became eligible for selection after competing in WorldSkills Australia regional competitions across the state. They represented their families, employers and each of the six Queensland WorldSkills regions of Brisbane, Central Queensland, Gold Coast, North Queensland, South West and East Coast.

The WorldSkills Australia National Championships is the largest vocational educational and excellence competition in Australia and biannually competitors travel from across Australia to put their skills to the test across over 50 different trade and skills areas.

This year, over 400 competitors from 34 Australian regions competed for the title of ‘National Champion’ in simulated work environments during the competition. Competitors competed in a range of different skills areas including hairdressing, bricklaying, fashion, plumbing, heavy vehicle mechanics, electrical installation, information technology, retail butchery and cookery — just to name a few.

TAFE Queensland winners


  • Tobias Seibel - Automotive Mechanics (Brisbane)
  • Rebecca Webb - Business Services (South West)
  • Karl Oppermann - Construction Steelwork (East Coast)
  • Sarah Hunt - Cookery (Gold Coast)
  • Michael Shin - Fashion Technology (Brisbane)
  • Isabella Matthews - Floristy (Brisbane)
  • Campbell Garson - Heavy Vehicle (East Coast)
  • Adam Goodwin - Plastering (East Coast)
  • Cam Harrison - Refrigeration and Airconditioning (Brisbane)
  • Sarah Scott - Restaurant Service (Brisbane)
  • Tim Barron - Sheetmetal (Brisbane)
  • Levi Ehue - VETiS Electrotechnology (Brisbane)
  • Jedidiah Robertson - VETiS Plumbing (East Coast)


  • Lachlan Dempsey - Electrical Installation (East Coast)
  • Guthrie Maynard - Heavy Vehcile (East Coast)
  • Bailey Rice - Motorcycle Mechanics (East Coast)
  • Elliana McRae - Restaurant Service (Brisbane)
  • Jake Marlow - VETiS Automotive Services (East Coast)
  • Ryan Thomsen - VETiS Electrotechnology (Brisbane)
  • Brayde Turrall-Poulter - VETiS Plumbing (Brisbane)


  • Lachlan Gibson - Auto Electrical (Brisbane)
  • Shian Ryan - Beauty Therapy (North)
  • Brock Perry - Carpentry (East Coast)
  • Corey Talbot - Cookery (North)
  • Bryce Condon - Electrical Installation (Gold Coast
  • Emma Castles - Haidressing (North)
  • Darcy Culley - Heavy Vehicle (Brisbane)
  • Kloee Kendall - Jewellery (Brisbane)
  • Jackson Panetta - Motorcycle Mechanics (East Coast)
  • Corey Hobbs - VETiS Construction (East Coast)


  • Joseph Van Haeften - Bricklaying (Brisbane)
  • Elijah Allen - Cabinetmaking (East Coast)
  • Jared Tesch - Refigeration and Airconditioning (North)
  • Jayden Hellmund - VETiS Automotive Services (Brisbane)
  • Fletcher Patterson - VETiS Construction (East Coast)

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