Apprentice tiler Shannon Thompson has made it to the national Worldskill finals in Melbourne.
Apprentice tiler Shannon Thompson has made it to the national Worldskill finals in Melbourne. Adam Hourigan Photography

Shannon tiles a straight path to Melbourne

SHANNON Thompson is joining the ranks of Grafton TAFE students heading to Melbourne for the National WorldSkills competition in October.

The third generation tiler said he was really nervous about competing in the Worldskills competition, but decided to give it a go anyway.

"My TAFE teacher though it would be good to enter WorldSkills. It's a great way to learn and gain a wider range of experience," he said.

Recently, the 20 year old apprentice headed to Tamworth for a trial competition.

"It was good, I learnt a whole lot of stuff and learnt what to do in the proper competition," he said.

"I just gotta try and get into the zone and not not worry about anyone walking around.

"I'm looking forward to getting in there and giving it a go and hoping it will come out with a good result."

While Shannon comes from a family of tilers, he didn't always want to get into the trade.

I left school and had a year off and started working with dad on and off and I really started to enjoy it," he said.

"Each job is different, the variety, each day being different and challenging me in different ways."

Shannon's family were supportive of his decision to enter the competition too.

"Dad was all for me entering, he told me to go and do it and give it my best," he said.

Shannon said in the future he will probably start his own business and continue tiling.

"I'm still a third year apprentice so I've got to finish my time," he said.

Grafton TAFE will be holding a fundraiser to help support the WorldSkills entrants on Wednesday, August 31 at 6pm at the Dining of Clarence Restaurant.

Tickets are $45 per head or $260 for a table of six. There will be raffles, lucky door prizes and guest speakers. To book, call 6641 1704.



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