Commencing her career in Melbourne as an Apprentice Compositor in 1984, Jane Stokie moved into Graphic Design with an Advertising Agency in 1988. Following the birth of her two children she moved to Shepparton in 1993 where she took up the position of Production Manager at the local daily newspaper for 15 years.
With the vision to further herself, Jane completed an Associate Degree in Graphic Technology at RMIT University in 2005, giving her the confidence to accept the international role of Director of Skills Competitions for WorldSkills International.
At the international WorldSkills event Jane is responsible for the technical aspects of the skill competitions including the test projects, Skill Management Plans, Competition Rules updates, Expert and Technical Delegate professional development, as well as the development and updating of the WorldSkills Occupational Standards in consultation with global industry. Fifteen years later she is still enjoying the challenges and diversity of such a job.
Jane’s involvement with WorldSkills spans more than 35 years, having competed in the Melbourne regional competition in the Graphic Design category in 1986, winning her way to represent Australia at the international competition in 1988. Since then, she has been an active volunteer for WorldSkills Australia as a project designer and judge at national and international competitions including proudly wearing the cap of Chief Expert at the international event on two occasions.