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Students set to compete at WorldSkills Australia National Competition


South Regional TAFE students are amongst a group of highly skilled young people who are on their way to the WorldSkills Australia National Championships 2018 in Sydney.

The WorldSkills competitions are considered to be the Olympics of skills tests and the most prestigious skills and trade competitions.

Participants take part in live competitions that test their skills and allow them to compete against other young people in the same trade or skill area. The medallist from the National competition could be chosen to represent Australia at International Competition in Kazan, Russia.

One of these students is Bricklayer Nik Foster, 22. Nik has completed a Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying at the South Regional TAFE Bunbury Campus since and will be competing in the event.

Nik’s professional work ethic and proactive approach to training has already seen him take out the South Regional TAFE South West Apprentice of the Year Award.

Nik, who works for ABN Training (Dale Alcock), said he enjoys the team environment of working as a bricklayer and the possible opportunities for career progression in the building industry.

Nik said he has found the WorldSkills competitions and training challenging but enjoys the problem solving side of it.

“The training has shown me there is more to brickwork than just laying walls you also have to adapt to what is going on and work on your time management skills.”

Nik started his training through a Brick and Blocklaying Pre-apprenticeship at South Regional TAFE which gave him the experience and knowledge to help secure an apprenticeship.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Duncan Anderson congratulated the students.

“We are always extremely pleased when our students take on the challenge of a competition but to have so many regional students going on to compete at a National level is very impressive.

“They should all be extremely proud of their dedication to their training and the skills they have learned.

“I’d also like to thank our lectures and WorldSkills mentors who have supported these students throughout their training for this competition.”

The South Regional TAFE competitors are listed below:

Emily Blechynden

Beauty Care

Albany campus

Nikolas Foster


Bunbury campus

Kevin Dirks


Bunbury campus

Danae Italiano


Bunbury campus

Kristina Ellem

VETiS Business Services


Kallan Sherwood

VETiS Commercial Cookery

Margaret River campus  from Margaret River Senior High School

Jasmin Fussell

VETiS Food & Beverage

Trained at Bunbury Campus from Cape Naturaliste College

Sophie Morgan

VETiS Food & Beverage

Trained at Eaton Community College and competed in Regionals at South Regional TAFE

Caitlin Carmody

VETiS Hairdressing

Trained at Bunbury campus from Bunbury Catholic College Mercy Campus



The National Championships are being held in Darling Harbour as part of a huge Skills Showcase starting on 2 June.


Pic: Lecturer Mark Baker with Nik Foster training for the WorldSkills National Championship that will be held in Sydney.

Page last updated May 30, 2018