CSA Mine electrician, Jim Delboux, has recently returned from the inaugural Worldskills Oceania competition in New Zealand with a silver medal.
Following on from his gold medal-winning performance at the National competition in Perth last year Jim was selected as one of 25 talented trades and skills apprentices/trainees and students to represent Australia.
Representing the Macquarie Region (TAFE NSW Western Institute) team Jim competes Industrial Control as part of the Australian Skillaroos team.
Aged between 18 and 25 years, the Skillaroos have been through an intensive two years of competition and one-on-one training.
Their journey started at the regional level in April, before they advanced to the national competition held in Perth in September.
After being named the best in the country in their respective trades and skills, these talented individuals were selected to be part of the Skills Squad.
CSA Mine’s training manager Tanya Gilbert said to be chosen to represent Australia is a huge achievement for Jim.
“Everyone who works with Jim and has been involved in his development as an apprentice and now qualified tradesperson, should be incredibly proud of his achievements.
“Jim has put in a lot of time, travel, training and commitment over the past two years to get to this stage,” Mrs Gilbert said.
Jim and the Skillaroos next competition is the 43rd WorldSkills in Brazil in August.
The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills showcase in the world.
This year’s competition will see 59 countries represented by 1,176 experts and over 1,200 competitors competing in 50 skill categories.
Held in São Paulo, Brazil, the competition will utilise 213,000m² of competition space – equivalent to the size of 17 Olympic sized swimming pools.
The Skillaroos will compete in 23 skills categories in the hopes of taking home a gold medal for their country.
Published: The Cobar Weekly, Wednesday May 20, 2015