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Local apprentices take on the world

On Friday, October 6, 2017, nine trade apprentices competed for the title of the best Fitter and Machinist of the Northern region of West Australia.

The competition, hosted by North Regional TAFE in Karratha, ran from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm during which time entrants were required to manufacture a bracket assembly, including the precise creation of all parts, and then assemble them accurately so it all worked smoothly.

Representing organisations from Karratha to South Hedland, major companies fielding entrants included Rio Tinto, Woodside and Inline Engineering. Only the best are chosen to compete despite the friendly rivalry between them all.

World Skills has announced the local winners are:

GOLD MEDAL
Cain Bathurst – Inline engineering, South Hedland
Cain showed a high level in all fitting skills and attention to details. Cain has always been committed to produce top quality workmanship both in his studies at TAFE and in his workplace.

SILVER MEDAL
Benjamin Mills – Woodside Energy, Karratha
Benjamin showed his consistency in producing all practical task on time with a good standard of work. His attention to detail was reflected in him being awarded second place.

BRONZE MEDAL
Dylan Lowe – Rio Tinto Karratha
Dylan showed a good all-round skill level and easily finished within the required competition time. His speed and skill showed that he is a practical and skilled trade person.

Of the 36 skills fielding entries in Australia, there are only two skills being showcased in the Northern region this year – Fitting and Machinery and Hairdressing. There are 35 Australian regions in the competition. 

The three medals awarded – gold, silver and bronze –  will be officially presented at a ceremony in Perth and the gold medal winner – Cain Bathurst - will then go on to compete first in the National competition in Sydney in 2018 before the winner from there, goes on to the world championship in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

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Page last updated October 20, 2017