Local TAFE students from Wollongbar and Kingscliff have fought their way to the top and will be heading to the WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships in Sydney starting this weekend.
The event will see over 500 vocational students converge on Darling Harbour over three days with their eye on a coveted gold medal.
Wollongbar students Jack Noble will be competing in the Automotive Mechanics category, Rebekah White in the Cookery category and Fraser Burton in the Welding category while Kingscliff student Parker Layton will compete in the beauty therapy category.
Rebekah White, who overcame her nerves to take a silver medal in the regional cookery competition said, ‘The confidence boost that win gave me has been life-changing in many ways.’
‘I love a challenge and I am looking forward to participating in the national competition. Every competitor is pushed to grow in and outside of their industry, and that is what makes it so rewarding.’
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Susie George said, ‘WorldSkills is the country’s largest vocational education and excellence competition.
‘These students have earned the right to participate in this competition after upstaging some of the best local talent at the regional WorldSkills competitions.’
‘The ultimate goal for the competitors will be to win a gold medal, which will earn them a place on the Australian Skillaroos team to compete with the world’s best at the 45 th WorldSkills International Competition finals to be held in Austria in 2020.’
The WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships will be held at ICC Sydney from 2 – 4 June.