STUDENTS from Newman Senior Technical College will compete on the grand stage of the National WorldSkills Championships from June 2 to June 4.

It is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition, held every two years.

Selected regional competitors bring their best to the national stage and compete against their industry peers from around the country.

This year, Newman students Connor Moore (Hospitality Food and Beverage), Lachlan Waser (Automotive), Jade Clarke (Information Technology) and Jy Geronimi (Electrotechnology) are among the competitors.

“I’m a little bit nervous to be going down to a big competition because you never know what will happen,” Lachlan said.

“I’ll be doing a brakes service, a cooling system service and a measuring task.

“I’ve been training every auto class for the championships and hope to learn a few new things. It will also look good on my resume.”

Jade said it was an exciting time as she looks to further her skills for a future in game design and engineering.

“I’m looking to go into one of those two things when I leave school,” she said.

“Newman has been great in the sense that I have the resources I need to help further my skills.”

This event providing visitors with a fully immersive experience and Newman will be there in force, taking more than 70 students and staff to support their school colleagues.

Tom Moriarty, Newman College’s Leader of VET Curriculum and Compliance and coordinator of the Newman contingency, has also been selected by WorldSkills Australia to be a Judge for VETiS Metals and Engineering at the championships.

“We actually had five students qualify for the Nationals, however Lachlan Oliver had to withdraw from the construction category as he has recently taken up a full-time apprenticeship with Adenbrook Homes,” he said.

“It is a testament to Lachlan’s high quality of tradesmanship and training resulting in a different kind of winning outcome for him.”

Mr Moriarty said the WorldSkills Competition will provide a new level of confidence and success for all of the competitors.

“We are very proud of our students participating,” he said.

Newman students, Arcadia Meldrum and Tahlia McCann, will also be assisting the Skills Show organisers.

The skills show is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors, industry leaders, experts and top education providers over three action packed days, aiming to equip young Australians with the knowledge to make an informed choice about their future career options.

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