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Karratha medalists take on nationals

Three North Regional TAFE students were selected to showcase their trades skills on the national stage after claiming gold medals in the WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition.

Karratha apprentices Scott Dorning, fitter; Ethan Wayne, metal fabricator, and Jessi Turner, studying electro technology, were the first NRT students selected to compete at a national level, taking on Australia’s best in Melbourne last month.

The WorldSkills Australia competition nurtures young apprentices by providing them with a platform to showcase their skills, build their talent and celebrate their excellence.

Scott was challenged to build a complex mechanical drive assembly, Ethan fabricated and welded a model locomotive body assembly, and Jessi was put to the test building an intricate switchboard assembly.

While the local competitors did not win a national medal, Mechanical lecturer Reme Pereira – who also represented NRT on the national stage – said the competition was very close. 

“Scott missed the medal due to some minor last minute errors but reaching so close to the medal has given him great confidence,” Reme said.

“We (NRT) and their employers are very proud of these candidates, and it’s also opened up wider opportunities for them at work for advanced skills and higher studies.”

Reme plans to grow the competition at a regional level and indicated the recent achievements were a sign of more to come from local students.

“It was a great honour to attend the event at a national level, and I plan to implement some of the ideas from national experts to grow the next regional event.

“Next year we plan to have more involvement from employers and more input into the event so that we can achieve the desired results.

“So far, 11 Karratha candidates have won regional medals and I am confident we will bring home a few medals at the next national event.”

Highlights from the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition:



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