A young industrial mechanic millwright from Blayney has been named by WorldSkills Australia as a member of an elite team of young Australian trades people who will compete against their international counterparts in Abu Dhabi in October.
The team, known as the Skillaroos, was chosen after a four-day Global Skills Challenge. The challenge saw over 100 participants from 16 countries test their skills in 21 trades in the lead up to the 44th WorldSkills International in Abu Dhabi.
Bradley Ingham, 21, who was a student at TAFE NSW West and is employed by Hort Enterprises in Orange, will compete in Industrial Mechanical Millwrite (Fitting & Turning).
He has been training towards possible selection to Abu Dhabi since late last year, and has worked closely with mentor Peter Buttenshaw a lecturer at TAFE NSW.
The Skillaroos, aged 19 to 22, includes the highest ever female representation. The trades and skills to be represented include bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, heavy vehicle mechanics, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and air-conditioning, carpentry, wall and floor tiling.
The 44th WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi, October 14 to 19, will see more than 3000 participants, including Competitors, Experts and Officials, from 77 countries compete in 51 skills. Australia, currently ranked 12th in the world, is aiming to finish in the top 10 in 2017.
WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd congratulated Bradley on his selection saying it had been based on an arduous training regime, his success at the national WorldSkills competition held in Melbourne late last year and his performance at the Global Skills Challenge.
“Brad has consistently shown the dedication, commitment and excellence we require of our Skillaroos,” said Mr Judd.
“I applaud his determination and congratulate him on his selection as a Skillaroo.”
Mr Judd said WorldSkills Australia was nurturing and developing the skills of young Australians, and highlighting the opportunities available to those pursuing a trade or skill.
“These young people are excelling in their fields and being rewarded with international experience and opportunities,” he said. “Their trades are really taking them places.”