Three students from Orange TAFE College are preparing to compete in Sydney at the 2008 National WorldSkills Competition to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from 11-13th July.
The students, David Brown (Signwriting), Kyle French and Andrew Abbott (Painting & Decorating) have been selected to represent the Macquarie Region in this competition after having competed locally. They a will be part of a larger team from the region comprising competitors from different trades.
Kyle and Andrew are both from Orange and are apprenticed to local painting and decorating firms. Kyle is employed by Central West Group Apprentices and works for David Wilson Painting. Andrew is apprenticed to painters, K and B Youse. David from Dubbo is apprenticed to Signvision in Dubbo.
Since their selection to compete at Sydney all three have been given extra tuition by their Orange TAFE teachers, Wayne Stewart (Signwriting) and Sean Alexander (Painting and Decorating). The painting and decorating apprentices have also been assisted by a local painter, Clayton Kerwick who competed at WorldSkills in 2002 and been given some support by 3D Paint and Colours in Orange.
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 competition. 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.
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