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Some of Tasmania’s best Metals Trades apprentices are among hundreds of apprentices who have challenged themselves and tested their skills at the recent WorldSkills Australia regional competitions hosted at TasTAFE campuses throughout Tasmania.

The Metals and Engineering section, held on 20 October and 26 October, consisted of three competitions – Turning held at TasTAFE’s Bender Drive Campus, Welding at Alanvale Campus and Sheetmetal Work at Devonport Campus.

The Turning competition involved planning out and performing operations using a lathe. Competitors had six hours to complete the tasks. They were required to produce three separate parts that made up an assembly with each part and then do the assembly. They were judged on producing work to a specific set of measurements, surface finish and conformance to the drawings provided. All of the competitors produced high quality results with Joel Harrison (pictured far right) from Saunders &Ward winning the competition. Simplot apprentice Liam Whiteroad was second and Jesse Towns from Towns Engineering was third. Incat apprentice, Kayden Stafford, won the Welding competition at Alanvale and Colby Neal from Burnie Plumbing Supplies won the Sheetmetal Work.

During October TasTAFE has also hosted a number of other WorldSkills Australia regional competitions: Hairdressing, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Bricklaying, Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, Butchery, Electrotechnology, Automotive and ICT, with TasTAFE teachers and representatives from industry judging the competitions.

The winning apprentices may be chosen to be part of the Tasmanian WorldSkills team competing in the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in Sydney in June 2018. The WorldSkills Australia National Championships are Australia’s largest skills competition, showcasing more than 60 different skills and bringing together hundreds of Australia’s best and brightest apprentices and trainees to compete for the title of national champion.

Winners in some categories of the WorldSkills Australia National Championships may get the chance to be part of the Australian team for the next WorldSkills International competitions in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

Tasmania’s best apprentices test their skills at WorldSkills regional competitions