Students show off their skills
TEN of Central Queensland Institute of TAFE's top trade and technical students will head for Sydney at the end of this month to contest the national WorldSkills Australia finals.
The competition highlights the skills of Australia's young tradespeople, and gives the finalists an opportunity to showcase their talents in their chosen career field.
Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL) apprentice fitter and turner Brandon Gillett credits his "hands-on training" at Central Queensland Institute of TAFE for helping him get to the WorldSkills Nationals.
Brandon is one of 10 CQIT-trained students that will compete in WorldSkills at Sydney's Olympic Park from August 30 to September 1.
"It feels pretty exciting," Brandon said.
"I've been training for the event one day a week at work and all next week I'll be doing more practice at CQIT Gladstone.
"I did all my apprentice training at CQIT and it's a better way of doing it. It's more hands on."
Brandon said he was always mechanically minded and decided to follow a career as a fitter and turner after his brother did a similar apprenticeship.
"I just want to get down to WorldSkills and do my best," he said.
"I'll be taking my time and thinking twice before I make any decisions during the competition."
CQIT-trained auto-mechanic Clay Scott, who works as a tradesman at Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton, achieved a spot in the WorldSkills nationals after the first place winner of the Central Queensland finals dropped out of the competition.
"It's a bit daunting and sometimes I doubt myself, but it's a really big opportunity for me," Clay said.
Clay said before he left skill he wanted to become a diesel fitter, but after doing work experience with light vehicles, he decided to stick with the smaller engine.
"I was an apprentice with Allenstown Auto for three years before I took up a job with Ian Weigh," he said.
"It's pretty surreal that I'm going to WorldSkills, but I'm going to do my best."
The winner of the competition may have the opportunity to join the Australian WorldSkills team, which will get to go overseas for the International competition in 2013.
For more information on CQ TAFE's automotive mechanical and boilermaking courses, contact the Institute on 1300 CQ TAFE (1300 27 8233) or visit www.cq.tafe.qld.gov.au