A TasTAFE- trained cabinetmaker has been selected to represent Australia at the world’s largest skills competition, to be held in Kazan, Russia in August.
Ulverstone’s Joshua Boon (pictured right) is one of 15 young Australians chosen as a WorldSkills Australia Skillaroo to compete against the best apprentices and trainees from around the world at the 45th WorldSkills International Championship.
Joshua works at UCI Joinery and recently completed his cabinetmaking apprenticeship at TasTAFE.
Joshua’s training manager, TasTAFE teacher, Jai Maluga (pictured left), will join Joshua in Russia after being selected to represent Australia as an International Expert in cabinetmaking. WorldSkills International Experts are selected for representing the best of their industry or skill category.
Joshua said it felt amazing when his name was announced as part of the Australian team. “I was stoked, it was amazing.”
Joshua said his experience competing in two previous WorldSkills Australia National Championships, along with the support he had received from Jai, TasTAFE, and his employer had helped him achieve selection.
“I think the amount of time I have spent training with Jai really helped, and the support I have received from TasTAFE has been great,” Joshua said.
Jai said he was excited for Joshua. “He smashed it. I’m very proud of him,” Jai said.
As an international expert, Jai will help Josh train for the championships, and will also be one of a number of experts from around the world who will judge the Cabinetmaking section of the international competition.
TasTAFE CEO, Jenny Dodd, congratulated both Joshua and Jai on their selection.
“I’m extremely proud that a TasTAFE trained apprentice and a TasTAFE teacher have been selected from the best of the best to be part of the Australian team.
“Joshua and Jai have both worked extremely hard and put in many, many months of hard work to achieve this outcome.
“Joshua is totally committed to his profession and excelled in his training at TasTAFE.
“Jai’s selection as an International Expert is also testament to his talent as a teacher and a fitting recognition of all of his hard work in supporting Joshua.
“I’d like to congratulate Joshua and Jai on this fantastic achievement and wish them all the best for the international championship,” Ms Dodd said.
The final Australian team was selected at the conclusion of WorldSkills Australia’s Global Skills Challenge held in Melbourne on 14 April. 500 competitors from 16 different countries took part.
Joshua won silver in Cabinetmaking at the event, cementing his place in the Skillaroos team.
The WorldSkills International Championship in Kazan, Russia will be held from 22-27 August. 1600 young people from 60 countries and regions will compete in 56 skill competitions.
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