Blayney’s Brad Ingham will head to Abu Dhabi next month to compete against the most skilful young people on the planet at the 44th International WorldSkills competition.
The global event is the “Olympics for skills” and runs from 14-19 October. More than 1300 participants from 59 countries compete in 51 trades and skills categories.
Brad was selected as part of the elite 18-member Australian Skillaroos team that will represent TAFE NSW, their hometowns and their country at the intense four-day competition. Each team member will strive to realise their dream of becoming world champion in their chosen trade or skill area.
Brad, who studied mechanical engineering (fitting and machining) at TAFE NSW Orange and is employed by Hort Enterprises, has spent countless hours training and developing specialist skills over the past 12 months to prepare for Abu Dhabi.
“I’m pretty excited but getting a bit nervous at the same time,” Brad said. “I’ve put in lots of training and I’m confident I will do well. Hopefully everything comes together on the day.
“It’s been a great experience. When I competed in the WorldSkills regional competition I was pretty chilled out – never did I think I would eventually go on to compete against the world’s best on the other side of the planet.”
Brad’s mentor, Chris Hutchinson from Hort Enterprises, expects a strong performance.
“Providing quality training and development opportunities for staff is something Hort Enterprises takes very seriously, so to see someone like Brad achieve this is very pleasing,” Mr Hutchinson said. “Everyone at Hort Enterprises is extremely proud of Brad and his achievements and we expect him to do very well in Abu Dhabi.”
TAFE NSW students and alumni form half of the Skillaroos team, with all members aged between 19 and 22. The Skillaroos, support experts and international judges from Australia, will depart Sydney International Airport on Sunday, October 8.