Style Communications designer wins Worldskills medal

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Style Communications' graphic designer Indy Griffiths has achieved a Medallion of Excellence at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Years of preparation paid off for Indy Griffiths at the WorldSkills Championship in Kazan, Russia.
Years of preparation paid off for Indy Griffiths at the WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Griffiths, supported by her employer, Mona Vale print and sign business Style Communications, and sponsored by suppliers association Visual Connections, went as part of a team of 15 young Australian Skillaroos.

The team was placed eighth in the world after competing in their chosen skills with teams from 65 other countries.

Competing in the Graphic Design Technology category, Griffiths was the first graphic designer to be sponsored by Visual Connections, with CEO Peter Harper explaining that the organisation usually sponsors print, sign and display apprentices.

“We are strong supporters of vocational education and training, and are committed to helping young people gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to build successful careers in our sector,” said Harper.

“We often sponsor young print or sign apprentices to participate in WorldSkills Championships, but there’s nothing more fundamental to our industry than design. Indy is already proving an asset to our industry and we’ve been delighted to sponsor her. We’re so proud of her achievements, and those of her fellow Skillaroos.”

After a farewell from friends, family and supporters, the team participated in a resilience-building workshop before their departure, which saw them travel to Kazan via Moscow, where a short stopover saw the team meet Australian Ambassador to Russia Graeme Meehan.

An inspiring opening ceremony in Kazan the night before competition commenced at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre set the stage for the intense, three-day competition, where our Skillaroos rose to the occasion and displayed great acts of comradery and sportsmanship.

Brigitte Collins, WorldSkills Australia general manager, shared from Kazan, “We are all impressed with the performance of the team, they showcased the power of excellence and demonstrated the strength of vocational education and training in Australia.

“Our internationally recognised experts and volunteers demonstrated once again, their capability and dedication. The Skillaroos, Team Australia and the volunteer workforce should all feel proud of what they accomplished here.”

Visual Connections adds its congratulations, not only to Indy but to the entire team, for their dedication to their chosen craft, their commitment to the achievement of excellence, and for their outstanding representation of Australia on the international stage.

Four of this year’s Skillaroos – Patrick Brennan, Maxine Colligan, Clinton Larkings and Patrick Keating – also won medals in their categories.

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