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NRT trades talent to hit national stage

North Regional TAFE will be given the chance to showcase its trades talent in both a student and lecturing capacity, after two Pilbara representatives were selected to take part in a national competition in June.

South Hedland fitting and machining apprentice Cain Bathurst has been selected to compete in the fitting category at the WorldSkills National Championship 2018 in Sydney from 2 – 4 June.

The 18-year-old Inline Engineering Services employee will be joined by Karratha fitting and machining lecturer Reme Pereira, who was one of four to be selected as a national judge for the category.

The WorldSkills Competition is one of the biggest vocational education and skills excellence events in the world, allowing young people to showcase their technical abilities in a range of categories at a regional, national and international level.

After taking out first place in the regional competition last year, Cain now has his sights set on winning a spot in the international competition, which will be held in Russia in 2019.

“I’m really proud of making it this far, and am feeling pretty confident at the moment, but I’m sure closer to the competition it will all hit me,” Cain said.

“The goal is to make it to the international competition, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high at this stage because I know the apprentices over East do really well in these competitions.”

Cain said experience gained at Inline Engineering coupled with guidance from his lecturer has put him in good stead for the competition.

“I have been very lucky at Inline Engineering to be exposed to a wide variety of machining and varied work. I’ve had good supervisors that have helped me out, and Reme has been one of the biggest helps to me, especially in encouraging me to compete in WorldSkills.”

As part of the national competition, Cain will be given 18 hours to manufacture a complex bracket assembly, including the creation of all parts.

Reme, who has been mentoring Cain in the lead up to the competition, expressed his confidence in Cain’s abilities, but stressed the winner would come down to pure talent shown on the day.

“Cain has excellent attention to detail, which was clearly demonstrated in the planning and execution of his project during the regional competition,” Reme said.

“I am confident in his abilities and quality of workmanship, and believe he will do well in the competition.”

Judging in the national competition for the second time, Reme is looking forward to seeing the calibre of competitors put forward.

“I feel privileged to be a part of it – it is a great thing to see all of the competitors coming forward and giving it their best shot.”

The judges will decide unanimously on a winner based on the degree of accuracy, planning and execution of the product, with timing also factoring into the decision.

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