TAFE NSW fitting and turning student Clinton Larkings, who lives and works in Dubbo but studies in Orange, will take on some of the best young machinists in the state at the WorldSkills national finals in Sydney this weekend.
Mr Larkings will be one of eight students from the central west to tackle the country’s largest vocational education and excellence competition, with the aim to win gold and earn a place on the Australian Skillaroos team to compete at the WorldSkills international finals in Russia in 2019.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how I go against other competitors in my trade from across Australia, as well as meeting and making lots of contacts,” he said.
“It would be a dream come true if I got the chance to represent Australia overseas, I’ve always wanted to compete in WorldSkills since high school. If I was to get that far, I would not only be very proud of myself but make my family and employer, Luke Cross Engineering and Rigging, very proud of my achievements.”
TAFE NSW teacher and WorldSkills site crew member Matthew Ware said Clinton and his local teammates were well prepared for the competition at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, and he expected them to perform well.
“These eight extremely skilful TAFE NSW Orange, Bathurst and Dubbo students have earnt the right to compete at the state level after upstaging the best local talent at the regional WorldSkills competition in the central west,” he said.
“Clinton and his teammates have spent countless hours preparing for this competition, and derived great benefit from a weekend development camp in March where more than 300 TAFE NSW students and mentors converged in Orange and Bathurst for a two-day extensive training exercise.
“Having worked closely with Clinton and the team, I’m confident the local competitors not only have the skills to do well in Sydney, but go on to achieve success at the international finals in Russia.”
The WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships will be held at ICC Sydney from June 2-4. For information visit www.worldskills.org.au.