Two cabinetmakers with a TasTAFE connection are gearing up to represent Australia at the world’s largest skills competition. in Russia later this month
Ulverstone Cabinetmaker, Joshua Boon, and his training manager, TasTAFE teacher, Jai Maluga, have built 20 test projects, each taking 22 hours to complete over 80 days, to prepare for the 45th WorldSkills International Competition.
Joshua (pictured right) works at UCI Joinery and completed his cabinetmaking apprenticeship at TasTAFE, where Jai (pictured left) was one of his teachers.
The competition, often likened to the Olympics for skills, will be held from 22-27 August in Kazan, Russia. It will bring together more than 1400 young professionals representing 63 countries and regions, who will compete across 56 skills categories. Joshua is one of 15 young Australians chosen as a WorldSkills Australia Skillaroo for the competition.
Jai has been selected as an international expert in Cabinetmaking for the competition. He will be one of a number of experts from around the world who will judge the Cabinetmaking section of the competitions. International Experts are selected for representing the best of their industry or skill category.
Joshua said he was excited to represent his country at the competitions. “It’s an exciting opportunity to test my skills against some of the best young cabinetmakers in the world. I know it’s going to be tough but we have been training hard and I’m really excited,” Joshua said.
Jai said he was extremely proud of Joshua. “He’s worked really hard for this and has been really dedicated in his training. I feel really privileged to be able to share this experience with him,” Jai said.
Joshua and Jai leave for Russia on 15 August.
The Australian team finished tenth in the world at the last WorldSkills International Competitions held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
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