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Double the praise for WorldSkills Hall of Fame recipients

Two South Regional TAFE lecturers have been recognised in the 2019 WorldSkills Hall of Fame.

The lecturers have been praised for their commitment and dedication to the volunteer training and mentoring they do to prepare some of Australia’s best young tradespeople for WorldSkills events.

Bricklaying lecturer Mark Baker and Hairdressing lecturer Denise Scott accepted their WorldSkills Hall of Fame trophies at a ceremony in Perth recently.

WorldSkills Australia – Western Australia initiated the Hall of Fame in 2013 to recognise the tireless efforts made by WorldSkills trainers.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Sue Lapham congratulated the lecturers on their achievement.

“It’s fantastic to see these lecturers and champions of WorldSkills being acknowledged for their ongoing commitment to supporting students to achieve at a high level and further develop their experience and industry networks,” she said.

Mr Baker, who is based at the Bunbury campus, has been involved in WorldSkills since 2005.

Mr Baker has trained many of the WorldSkills national medallists including Sam Lewis, Nik Foster (gold national medallist), Russell Peake and Tristian Harding (VETiS regional medallists).

Current apprentices Conor Murphy and Tim Pratt, who recently competed at the Golden Trowel awards in Queensland, have also competed in WorldSkills.

Although WorldSkills involves the mentors and judges giving up their time Mr Baker said the job satisfaction was immense.

“We are teaching competitors the craft of their trade and helping them further develop the skills they will need in real life to be able to work under pressure and finish their work within a certain time frame.”

Mr Baker said he knows it’s all been worthwhile when he sees the look on the faces of the students when they receive a medal, after taking part in a competition, or attend a big event.

“They know it’s a big deal and they start to realise the opportunities that might come out of WorldSkills when they attend the events.

“I know the WorldSkills competitors I train are grateful and when they finish their training," he said.

"They will continue to return to TAFE and be happy to support other students and WorldSkills events.”

Denise Scott also has some impressive stats and experience to share with her WorldSkills students.

Mrs Scott has been involved in WorldSkills for 15 years, in hairdressing for 45 years and at TAFE for five years. Denise owned her own hairdressing studio in Donnybrook for several years before moving onto TAFE.

She said she was, “excited, elated and in disbelief,” when the Hall of Fame announcement was made.

Mrs Scott has been training and mentoring hairdressing juniors for many years. She has helped train some superstar medallists including Alexis Read nee Scott (bronze international medallist), Shana Piscioneri (silver regional medallist), Jessamy Mooney (bronze national medallist and international competitor), Sarah Tassone (bronze national medallist) and former VET in schools student Caitlin Carmody (gold national medallist).

“I love what I do because I get to see school kids grow into confident, young skilled adults who excel at what they do,” Mrs Scott said.

“WorldSkills gives people the courage and encouragement to do anything. When they start-out they don’t know what they can achieve through WorldSkills.”

“I think it helps that we are so passionate about the world we work in. I really believe we have some of the most brilliant people in their field.”

The highlights for Mrs Scott was getting Alexis Read through to a WorldSkills international competition and seeing Caitlin Carmody bring home the gold from a national competition as a VETiS student.

Mrs Scott said WorldSkills provided fantastic opportunities for regional TAFE students.

“It brings out the talent and the students don’t have to go to Perth to be trained.

“I want to extend my thanks to the students for putting their whole heart and soul into it and to all the hairdressing staff and our current Training Manager and previous hairdressing lecturer Anita Host,” she said. "Anita has been supportive of WorldSkills and has coordinated a large amount of regional competitions."

Two other South Reginal TAFE lecturers, Johnese Mullen and Joe Estermann, have previously been recognised in the WorldSkills Hall of Fame.


WorldSkills Australia have run skills-based competitions for young apprentices and trainees at a regional, national and international levels since 1981. These competitions enable young people to showcase their trade and skills talent.

For more see the WorldSkills Australia website:

Page last updated December 12, 2019