Congratulations to TasTAFE-trained Cabinetmaker, Josh Boon, who excelled at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Russia. Josh finished sixth in the world in a field of 35 in the Cabinetmaking section of the competition.
To add to the excitement, while in the midst of representing Australia at the competitions, Josh became a father for the second time, with he and wife Brittany welcoming baby Willow on 23 August!
Josh, who works at UCI Joinery, was one of 15 young Australian apprentices and tradespeople, known as the Skillaroos to take part in the competitions against 65 other member countries. Four of the Australian team came away with medals.
TasTAFE teachers, Jai Maluga and Rachel Sullivan, were also part of the Australian contingent in Russia. Jai was selected as an International Expert in Cabinetmaking and was one of the competition judges for the Cabinetmaking section. He was also Josh’s training manager in the lead up to the competition.
Rachel was in Kazan as the Australian team leader – a position she has held since 2003, mentoring many young people from diverse skills backgrounds. Rachel, who owns her own Hairdressing salon and works part-time at TasTAFE, has been involved with WorldSkills since her own experience of international competitions when she travelled to Amsterdam in 1991 as part of the Australian team for Hairdressing.
Congratulation to Josh on his outstanding performance at the competitions and on the birth of his daughter!
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