Try'a Skill

Try'a SkillTry'a Skill is a WorldSkills Australia initiative encouraging people to consider a career in the trades and take on a vocational education and training (VET) study and career pathway.

The event provides attendees with an opportunity to 'have a go' at various skill and trade occupations.

The activities are entertaining, informative and offer interested people access to some of the basic skills involved in a range of trades. The Try'a Skill events seek to:

  • motivate through a hands on experience
  • share information about future career choices
  • encourage participants to appreciate that skill education and training offer choices for the future.

Try'a Skill allows participants to meet and talk with trade professionals, apprentices, VET teachers / trainers / lecturers and local industry people.

The Darwin Try’a Skill event is held in conjunction with the Darwin Skills, Employment and Careers Expo. For further information, and to register your group attendance please visit the expo pages.

Become a skills coach and showcase your industry

Skills coach demonstrating to studentsTry'a Skill is a unique concept which brings local businesses and future workforce together.

National skills shortage means future tradespeople will be in demand for years to come. This initiative aims to train and keep skilled people in the Northern Territory.

Try'a Skill is a hands-on event allowing Territorians to have direct interaction with experienced tradespeople, apprentices and VET trainers.

Try'a Skill is not possible without the support of local volunteers, businesses and industries across the Territory. By investing in the promotion of trades, not only are you demonstrating your commitment to easing the skills shortage, you may find a future apprentice!

As a skills coach you will have the opportunity to talk to the future workforce directly about what you do, how they can get into your industry and the benefits of being employed in your trade area.

The projects might include anything from changing a leaking tap (plumbing), making a garden chair (carpentry), or potting and budding plants (horticulture).

To register your interest in being a skills coach contact:

Chantelle Salandanan
Events and publications coordinator
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
Phone: 08 8935 7751

Last updated: 09 April 2019