Ethan's training puts him in good stead for "Trade Olympics"
Friday, 17 August 2012
Central Queensland Institute of TAFE trained boilermaker Ethan Horricks is looking forward to an "unreal experience" at this year's national WorldSkills competition.
Ethan, who works as a fourth year apprentice for NRG in Gladstone, is one of 10 Central Queensland TAFE trained students who will compete in WorldSkills at Sydney's Olympic Park from August 30 to September 1.
"Most of my training has been through work, but I was one of the last group of NRG apprentices to go through Central Queensland TAFE," Ethan said.
"The training at Central Queensland TAFE was up to standard. I already knew a fair bit when I started, but the TAFE training was a lot more hands on."
Ethan said NRG had been very supportive, giving him time to practice in preparation for the event.
In the competition, Ethan said he would undertake a series of welding projects and demonstrate his ability with the various types of welders, including stick, MIG and TIG.
"I am going to try and do the best I can, but it will be an unreal experience just to go down there and compete," he said.
"After all, it is called the 'Trade Olympics'."
The winner of the competition may have the opportunity to join the Australian WorldSkills team, which will get to go overseas for the International competition in 2013.
For more information on Central Queensland TAFE's boilermaker training, contact the Institute on 1300 CQ TAFE (1300 27 8233) or visit the Central Queensland TAFE website.