Tom to take on the world

Our amazing, and now qualified joiner, Tom Neave has been selected to join the Skills Squad as Australia’s representative competitors in next year’s WorldSkills international competition in Kazan, Russia. This is the most elite of competitions.

Tom was recently named National Champion in the Joinery category in Sydney, when he competed amongst 400 of Australia’s best apprentices across 50 trade and skill categories.
In training for 45th WorldSkills International Competition, Tom will learn and practice with his appointed Training Manager and namesake, Tom Ryan from Ludbrook’s Joinery in Brown Hill near Ballarat. Tom will be amongst the best of 70 nations competing for the most coveted of awards – World Champion.

This is a major milestone and opportunity for Tom.
WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said, “It’s wonderful to see the opportunities these young people are being given through their trades and skills.”
“Many of the skills being represented are in the skills shortage areas for Australia. For WorldSkills to have outstanding competitors in these areas is very encouraging and an absolute credit to the competitors, their training providers and employers.”
“Representing Australia at the World Championships, which can be likened to a skill Olympics, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Skills Squad team members and we are committed to provide them with the best opportunity to prove that they should be selected to compete in Russia next year,” he continued.
Over the next 10 months the 23 member Skills Squad, representing fields such as car painting, beauty, fashion technology, IT networking systems administration, bricklaying, cabinetmaking and of course, joinery, will be doing their best to become the best of the best.
We’re cheering for you Tom!


Posted: 20/08/2018 4:51:44 PM



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