Country Girls take out top awards in National Worldskills competition

July 23, 2008

Jess Heal has done it again!  She has just been voted the 2nd best school based business services student in the country, missing first place by only 2 points.  Jess was selected by Warialda High to compete at Worldskills in Business Services because of her outstanding achievements in the subject.

Jess proudly sporting her
silver medal.

Worldskills is a competition for students who are undertaking training in a trade or a TAFE course and is open to students under 25 who excel in their chosen vocation.  The VETiS (vocational education training in schools) is a part of the competition specifically open to students still at school.

There are three levels of the competion for VETiS competitors – Regional,State and then National.  Open Competitors have four levels as they also compete Internationally.

Jess was successful in gaining first place (and a gold medal) at the Regional Competition in Tamworth in October 2007.  When she competed at the State Competition in Sydney in May 2008 she was successful in placing third (Bronze Medal).  Ordinarily only the top two winners go on to the next level so Jess was not expecting to go any further.  But, due to the very close marks of the 3 NSW competitors at the State Competition, only 2.25 marks separating first and third, Jess was delighted to be invited to compete at the National Competition.

She travelled to Sydney as part of the New England Region Team on July 10th and after 3 days of competition with the best in the country Jessica was successful in gaining 2nd place and a silver medal in Business Administration. An amazing accomplishment.  Well done Jess!

Jess commented on the fact that the other medal winners who placed in business services were both from NSW and more importantly, they, like herself were from rural areas.

Jess says, "It shows that our  teachers are doing something right." 

Tia  from Ulladulla (gold), Bingara’s Jess (silver), Kirsty from Merriwa (bronze)


Jess added, that she would like to say a special thank you to Donna Smith at Warialda High who spent a lot of time preparing her for the competition and also the unwavering support from Wayne Squires.

This win for Jess comes on the back of another phenomenal win only a week ago, when she won the School Based Apprentice /Trainee of the Year at the NSW Training Awards held in Tamworth.  She now goes on to compete for the State title in Sydney in September where we are all sure she perform to the best of her ability.  Good Luck!