Blayney’s Brad Ingham has announced himself as one of the best young apprentices in the world, claiming a silver medal at the 44th International WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi.
Brad, who is employed by Hort Enterprises and studied at TAFE NSW Orange, produced an outstanding all-round performance to finish runner-up in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright section, narrowly edged out by China’s Biao Song.
“It was a massive competition, a huge arena and a big stage, so to perform so well and win a silver medal was very exciting and something I wasn’t expecting,” he said.
Brad’s mentor, Chris Hutchinson from Hort Enterprises, said the entire organisation was proud of Brad’s achievements.
“Hort Enterprises takes the training and development of our young staff very seriously, so to see all the hard work and effort that Brad put in pay off is wonderful,” he said.
“As an organisation we couldn’t be prouder of Brad and his achievements.”
The Australian 18-member Skillaroos team finished 10th overall at the competition, an improvement on their 12th place finish at the 2015 competition in Sao Paulo. The Skillaroos team finished with two silver and two bronze medals, with five other participants receiving medallions of excellence for achieving above-average scores.
TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black commended the valiant efforts of the Australian Skillaroos team, which included nine TAFE NSW students.
“We are very proud of the hard work that these amazing young Australians have dedicated to their professional development in preparation for the elite International WorldSkills competition,” Mr Black said.
“The achievements of our TAFE NSW competitors demonstrates the excellence in vocational education and training TAFE NSW provides for our students and the dedication of our industry expert teachers to assist them achieve success.”
The 2017 WorldSkills Australia regional competitions are now being held across the country with the next potential Skillaroos hopeful of representing their country at the 45th International WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019.