Three local apprentices, trained by TAFE NSW Western Institute have received Gold Medals at the 2008 National WorldSkills Competition held in Sydney.
Nigel Croke from Bathurst won the Bricklaying event and Gavin Press, also from Bathurst won Electrotechnology. Nigel has been a student of the Bathurst TAFE College and Gavin studied at Dubbo TAFE.
Kyle French from Orange won the Gold Medal for Painting and Decorating. He is a student of Orange TAFE College. Both Kyle and Gavin are employed by Central West Group Apprentices.
The WorldSkills Australia National Competition is Australia's largest and most prestigious trade and skills showcase. It is held every two years and is the culmination of the WorldSkills regional competitions. This is a three day national event where over 500 young people drawn from all regions of Australia come together to vie for the title of Australian National Champion in their chosen trade.
Other medal winners from Western Institute include three students from Dubbo TAFE College and one from Broken Hill College:
Adrian Mitchell, Institute Director said, "Students who strive for excellence in their vocation deserve the recognition that WorldSkills competitions bring them."
"I congratulate them for their wonderful achievements, and would also like to acknowledge the special contributions that their TAFE Teachers, and in the case of the apprentices, their employers, have made to their training".
"This competition had over 500 competitors from every state of Australia so it's a great achievement to win a medal. I think it demonstrates the high standard of the skills training offered by this Institute", Mr Mitchell said.
The Gold Medal winners will now be eligible to complete at the next International Competition which is planned for 2009 at Calgary in Canada.
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