Three TAFE Western students have been crowned Australian Champions of their trade after competing at the Ultimate Skills Challenge in Sydney last week.
David Cummings of Bathurst won gold in the Electrical Installation Industry Category whilst Tyler Cook also of Bathurst and Joshua Kleinig of Dubbo won gold in the Mechatronics Team Event at the World Skills Australia National Competition.
David Cummings and Tyler Cook both completed their Certificate III in Electrotechnology at TAFE Western Dubbo College and are currently working for AJS Electrical in Bathurst. Joshua Kleinig is a third year Electrotechnology Apprentice and works for Michael Whiley of Dubbo.
Dave Arnold, Teacher of Electrical Trades for TAFE Western said “This is a fantastic effort by David, Tyler and Joshua and well deserved. The students put in a lot of extra time and effort in addition to their training hours to be able to complete at this level.
“World Skills helps students to build confidence to tackle a task and benchmark their skills nationally.” He said, “We will always need trade skills to repair cars, supply power and build houses. TAFE Western is committed to providing the training needed to develop those skills.”
TAFE Western was well represented at World Skills Australia National Competition this year with seven students competing including Luke Walsh of Narromine, Dean Spicer of Nyngan, Jim D’Elboux of Cobar and Matthew Smith of Orange.
Brad Polack, TAFE Western’s Director of Educational Delivery for Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction and Transport Faculty said “Having seven students participate in World Skills Australia National Competition is reflective of the high level of training and skills TAFE Western’s dedicated staff are able to pass on to our students.”
The national winners will now begin training for the international competition to be held in Germany in 2013.