More than 40 students from Newman Senior Technical College in Port Macquarie have competed in the regional qualifiers for WorldSkills 2020.
Sixty students including 42 from Port Macquarie put their skills to the test on December 11 during one of more than 500 regional qualifiers across Australia.
The regional qualifiers are held every two years and allow students to compete at a national level in Australia’s largest vocational education competition to be held in Perth during August 2020.
“Competitions such as these help build GRIT. That is the College’s acronym for guts, resilience, initiative and team,” according to Newman College VET Curriculum and Workplace Learning leader Karen Warneken.
“Not to mention, confidence, commitment and self-esteem.”
Categories for the regional competition included information technology, commercial cookery, food and beverage handing, tourism, business services, metal and engineering, brick laying, construction, electro-technology and automotive skills.
“WorldSkills competitions also help to validate or benchmark the training provided with independent judges from industry and external VET Training providers crossing over campuses to measure each competitor fairly,” said Newman College Leader of Learning Tom Moriarty.
“This helps develop the knowledge and training for all participants not just the students.”
Gold medal winners were Gabrielle Foster, Kayla Chapman and Meriki Moran.
Congratulations to the following Newman College students:
Automotive: hosted by Hunter Trade College Maitland
Gold – Matthew Bone
Bronze – Damien Tierney
Brick & Block: hosted by Newman Senior Technical College
Gold – Matthew Nosworthy
Silver – Jarrod Olsen
Bronze – Angus Patterson
Electrotechnology: hosted by Hunter Trade College Maitland
Gold – Jack Tougher-Wells
Information Technology: hosted by Newman Senior Technical College
Gold – Kayla Chapman
Silver – Zachary Stephenson
Bronze – Christopher Sakayan
Metal & Engineering: hosted by Newman Senior Technical College
Gold – George McKeon
Silver – Ryan Bollard
Bronze – Cameron Brown
Tourism: hosted by Newman Senior Technical College
Gold – Meriki Moran
Silver – Lara Hickey
Business Services: hosted across 3 venues including Newman Senior Technical College
Gold – Gabrielle Foster
Silver – Emily Rourke
Hospitality Kitchen Operations: hosted across 3 venues including Newman Senior Technical College
Silver – Madeline Young
Hospitality Food & Beverage: hosted across 3 venues including Newman Senior Technical College
Gold – Shay Cradock
Silver – Kaitlyn Richards
Medal winner Kaitlyn Richards, who excelled at the food and beverage category said these kinds of competitions reinforce the idea that hard work pays off.
“With good training, practice and a passion for your trade area, you can go into the competition with confidence,” she said.
“It also helps you appreciate the achievements of the gold medal winners.”