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A young Tasmanian cabinetmaker has been selected in the squad that will train towards selection to represent Australia at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Russia in 2019.

Ulverstone’s Joshua Boon, who works at UCI Joinery and did his apprentice training at TasTAFE, was selected as a Skills Squad team member following his success at the recent WorldSkills Australia National Championships where he won a gold medal in Cabinetmaking.

TasTAFE teacher and WorldSkills Team Tasmania team leader, Jai Maluga, has also been selected as Joshua’s training manager for the Skills Squad.

Joshua, 21,  and 22 other Skills Squad team members will spend the next 10 months working with their training manager for the chance for selection to represent Australia at the WorldSkills international competitions in Kazan, Russia in August next year.

TasTAFE CEO, Jenny Dodd congratulated both Joshua and Jai on their selection in the Skills Squad.

“I’m extremely proud that a TasTAFE trained apprentice has been selected from the best of the best to be part of the Skills Squad.

“I had the pleasure of witnessing Joshua receive his gold medal at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in Sydney on 5 June. It was a proud moment for Joshua and the culmination of several years of hard work and commitment to excellence in his trade.

“Joshua is totally committed to his profession and excelled in his training at TasTAFE.

“He has a high level of ability in his chosen skills which he constantly practices and perfects by devoting extra time to honing his skills.

“Jai’s selection as Joshua’s training manger is also testament to his talent as a teacher and a fitting recognition of all of his hard work in supporting Joshua and the other members of the WorldSkills Tasmanian team.

Joshua said he was excited to be selected.

“It’s definitely an honour to be selected for the Skills Squad.

“I now have many months of very intense training and certain benchmarks to meet by certain dates in order to qualify for the team for Russia.

Joshua said it was great to know he would have the support of Jai Maluga as his training manager.

“Jai is a great TasTAFE teacher and has taught me a lot about cabinetmaking,” Joshua said.

Joshua and Jai will attend a training camp at Phillip Island, Victoria from 7-10 September where the Skill Squad will meet for the first time.

The Tasmania team won six gold, a silver and two bronze medals at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in June. Tasmania also claimed the Evatt Shield for the best performing region at the competition.

Tasmanian cabinetmaker selected for national WorldSkills squad