Blayney’s Brad Ingham will head to Newcastle next week to compete for the right to represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi this October.
WorldSkills Australia’s Global Skills Challenge takes place in Newcastle from 5-8 July and will bring together more than 100 competitors from 16 countries to compete in a simulated international competition in the lead-up to the Abu Dhabi competition, also known as the trade and skills Olympics.
As a fully qualified mechanical engineer (fitting and machining) with Hort Enterprises in Orange, Brad has spent more than six hours training each week, as well as fortnightly trips to Wollongong for guidance from his mentor, TAFE NSW engineering teacher Peter Buttenshaw.
“I’ve been pretty busy with lots of training that’s for sure,” Brad said. “The training has been pretty full-on, but I’m really enjoying learning lots of new skills – it’s been great.”
Brad is one of nine TAFE NSW students and alumni in the 20-member Australian Skills Squad competing in Newcastle against the world’s best apprentices, trainees and students under the age of 23.
The Global Skills Challenge will be the final test of their skills with the Australian Skillaroos team selected from this competition. Successful participants will be announced at the closing ceremony on Saturday, July 8.
“The plan is obviously to do well in Newcastle and get to go to Abu Dhabi – I think that would be a really great experience,” Brad said.
“When I started out at Hort Enterprises and TAFE I never expected to get the opportunity to travel all over the world. Now I’ve made it this far, I want to make the most of it and see how far I can go with the ultimate goal to make the Skillaroos team and get to compete in Abu Dhabi.”