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Axalta Supports WorldSkills Australia with Two-year Sponsorship

A Strong Partnership to Secure Industry’s Future

Sydney, Australia – 1 August, 2015: – Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings , is proud to announce the signing of a two-year contract as Principal Category Partner with WorldSkills Australia.

Axalta and WorldSkills Australia share a common goal: to continuously improve the quality of training and educational outcomes for young people who dream of becoming the ‘best of the best’ at vehicle refinishing. WorldSkills is an international non-profit organization that builds skills applicable to a wide range of vocational and technical careers. National and international competitions recognise excellence and provide opportunities for winning teams to learn from each other.  

Axalta’s commitment to WorldSkills Australia as a Principal Category Partner will support both the Regional and National Competitions, through the supply of Standoblue®, the latest in waterborne coating technology, and the new generation Sagola spray guns, for which Axalta is sole distributor in Australia. Axalta will also support the dedicated and passionate volunteers who contribute towards making WorldSkills Australia such an integral part of our industry’s future.  

Currently, WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions are being held around Australia, with each event designed to help improve competitor’s skills, build their confidence, and expose them to the latest technology and techniques. The winners of each regional competition will then compete at the National finals in 2016, which Axalta will take a prominent role in supporting.

“Our passion for our industry, and our desire to secure its future through promoting sustainable practices and encouraging excellence in young professionals, is what drives us at Axalta,” said Paul Polverino, National Training Manager of Axalta in Australia.  “This couldn’t be more important to us, as there are fewer young people entering the refinish industry than ever before – and we are committed to supporting events and initiatives that promote the industry’s sustainability and longevity.”

For more than 10 years, Axalta has strived to mentor and nurture up and coming talent in collaboration with World Skills Australia, offering support and resources such as product training, exposure to the latest work practices and sustainable techniques, problem solving strategies, teamwork development and leadership skills.

“Our trainers across Australia are dedicated to support all training providers who share our philosophy, as we are passionate about helping the youth of today become industry leaders of tomorrow,” Polverino said.

Axalta is very proud to support these exceptional young Australians and provide them with new opportunities for growth in the field of vehicle refinishing.

Footage from the 2014 Grand Finals can be viewed at https://youtu.be/zjQyCej4m20


About Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colourful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the over 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com.au and follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn. 


About WorldSkills
WorldSkills Australia is a national, not-for-profit organisation that provides young Australians aged 23 and under the opportunity to gain new skills, compete against their peers in their chosen trade and fast track their skills and career development. Established in 1981, their purpose is to promote and build a skills respect culture by celebrating skills excellence, inspiring young people and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent. This is achieved through competitions held on a regional, national and international level.

WorldSkills Australia is a member of WorldSkills International – the global network of over 70 countries who participate in skills competitions.

For more information, visit the WorldSkills Australia website: www.worldskills.org.au

Blair Watters vehicle painting with medal

Blair in action at WorldSkills