Hunter students pack tools of the trade for WorldSkills National Championships

The Hunter's TAFE competitions, including Connor Linz fourth from right.
The Hunter's TAFE competitions, including Connor Linz fourth from right.

HUNTER apprentices, trainees and students who are at the top of their game will represent the region at a prestigious competition.

TAFE NSW will send 14 Hunter students to compete against their peers in the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, which will be held in Sydney from June 2 to 4.

Maitland campus student and third year apprentice Connor Linz, 20, will compete in one of the plastering categories. 

“I enjoy competition and pushing myself in a competitive environment and I’m really looking forward to testing my skills under tough conditions,” Mr Linz said. 

“My goal this year is to improve my skills and be recognised for my quality in my setting and finishings across all areas of my division.  

“I’m really appreciative of this opportunity to showcase my skills. 

“I’ve really benefited from my studies at TAFE, it’s helped me improve my knowledge and apply specification theories into my plastering.” 

Matthew Brandt will compete in autobody repair, Carn Turbull in bricklaying, Ethan Linsley in carpentry, Cejay Alsop in construction steel work, Brooke Osland in fashion technology, Rhys Beaumont in joinery, Rhys Duggan in painting and decorating, Sean Schackier in refrigeration, Kye Beisler in retail baking (bread), Hayley Waterhouse in retail baking (pastry), Troy Gibbs in sheetmetal technology, Madeline Flatman in signage and Lional Stapleton in vehicle painting.

All received first place in their categories at the WorldSkills Australia Regional Championships last year.

They will be vying for a medal and the chance to represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Competition in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

TAFE regional general manager Susie George said the students faced potentially life changing learning opportunities.