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Carpenter has sights set on France!

For Trey McAuley, embarking on a carpentry apprenticeship has proven to be a great career choice. Little did Trey know that this apprenticeship would lead to a potential opportunity to represent Australia at the 47th WorldSkills International Championships in Lyon, France, in 2024. 

After success at the WorldSkills National Championships in Melbourne this August, Trey has been selected as a member of the WorldSkills AU Skillaroo Training Squad. As the only carpenter in the squad, this Geelong apprentice carpenter really is the best in his field. It will be a huge achievement to have his trade selected to showcase at this international event.

The international competition will bring together approximately 1,500 competitors from over 65 countries and regions, showcasing 62 different trades and skills, including Trey's domain of carpentry. "I'm the sole carpentry apprentice in the training squad, so I'm determined to prove myself and represent Australia in my trade," Trey said.

Trey's inclusion in the training camp is a testament to his work ethic and passion for carpentry. He is embracing the new opportunities that lie ahead. "I love my job, and to think it started with a regional competition at The Gordon and led me to where I am now is exciting," Trey shared. Being a part of the WorldSkills Competition exposes apprentices like Trey to a wide range of skills, personal growth, and cultural experiences, something Trey eagerly anticipates. "I'm grateful for the support surrounding me. I love being a carpenter and having this extra opportunity through trade school. My employer is another reason why working in the trade industry has been a great career choice. I'm committed to giving it my best," Trey added.

Despite the intense competition at one of the world's largest skills excellence events, Trey appears unnerved. The most talented young apprentices and trainees worldwide will compete for the title of World Champion. While this is undoubtedly Trey's ultimate goal, he relishes every step of the journey, including meeting fellow apprentices and trainees rising to the challenge. "I'm excited to give it my all, work hard at the training squad, and see where it can take me," he adds.

Aaron Nesbitt, Trey's supportive employer from Nesbitt Constructions, commended Trey's carpentry skills and acknowledged the opportunities available to skilled and dedicated apprentices and trainees beyond the usual trade school and work commitments. "Trey is a hard worker. He's a dedicated apprentice and always puts in 100% effort on the worksite," Aaron shared.

Trey's journey inspires aspiring apprentices and trainees in our region, showcasing potential growth and global opportunities that await those pursuing a career in the trades.

The Gordon actively participates in the WorldSkills program each year, offering a wide range of trades and skills to compete, including plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying, mechatronics, floristry, and cookery, to name a few. 

Stay tuned for updates on Trey's journey!