Former TAFE Western Dubbo student Jim D’Elboux will pit his skills against the best apprentices in the world when he represents Australia at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August.
Mr D’Elboux, 21, who studied Certificate III in Electrotechnology at Dubbo’s TAFE College and completed his apprenticeship last year, has earned the right to tackle the world’s best after a vigorous, two-year qualification campaign.
It started back in 2013 when he claimed the local WorldSkills Australia Regional competition, before he won Australia’s largest trades and skills competition, the 2014 Worldskills Australia National Competition in Perth last year.
After being selected as part of the initial Australian Skills Squad, Mr D’Elboux then had to earn his place in the final Australian team at the 2015 WorldSkills Oceania Competition in New Zealand. He finished with a silver medal, seeing him named in the final 25-person Australian Skillaroo team.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime to represent Australia in Brazil, competing in my chosen trade (Industrial Control),” Mr D’Elboux said.
“I spent a lot of time training for the national competition in Perth last year with the hope of qualifying for the WorldSkills Competition. It is great that all of my training has paid off.”
Mr D’Elboux has just returned from a wonderful training experience in Japan, and will now spend the next couple of months preparing for the biggest challenge of his short but illustrious career.
“It was great to have the opportunity to travel to Japan to meet and see members of the Japan international team and their training facilities,” he said. “We had a friendly challenge while there and discussed and learned some new techniques.
“It has been a very intense lead up to the WorldSkills Competition in Brazil in August. I will continue to spend my free time training and preparing as much as I can.
“I’m really looking forward to further international travel and representing Australia.”
More than 1,200 of the world’s top tradies and skills people - from jewellers and hairdressers, to plumbers and welders – representing 59 countries, will compete across 50 skills categories at the WorldSkills Competition.
For more information on studying Electrotechnology with TAFE Western, visit our course information page.