TAFE Western will send a talented team of competitors to Melbourne next month to tackle the best young apprentices from across the country in the national round of the prestigious WorldSkills Competition.
Macquarie Region WorldSkills Coordinator Matt Ware said 10 students representing TAFE Western would compete in Melbourne from October 8-10 - each participant attempting to progress to the 44th annual WorldSkills final to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2017.
“While TAFE Western will only have a small team at WorldSkills in Melbourne in comparison to the metropolitan teams, I’m expecting our performance will be of a very high standard,” Mr Ware said.
“What we lack in numbers, we certainly make up for in skill and enthusiasm. Our representatives have been putting in long hours of training with their mentors so I think they will put forward strong performances in Melbourne.”
TAFE Western’s representatives that earned the right to compete in the national competition after winning the Macquarie region qualifiers across the region are:
Wade Sutherland (Coonabarabran) – Electrical Control.
Mr Ware said both Damien Tibbles and James Kelly were more determined than ever to do well after finishing fifth and second respectively at the 2014 national finals in Perth. All other TAFE Western students are competing for the first time.
For more information about WorldSkills, please visit www.worldskills.org.au
** Please note – TAFE Western student Tobias Gillespie from Dubbo was the organisation’s 11th student to qualify for the national WorldSkills Competition in the refrigeration category. That competition was held earlier in 2016, with Tobias finishing just outside the place getters.