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Students bring home WorldSkills Nationals medals

South Regional TAFE students from TeamWA were thrilled to hear they picked up eight medals at the recent WorldSkills National Championships. The team received two gold, five silver and one bronze medal for demonstrating their impressive trade and training skills at the championships.

TeamWA also won the Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Shield for the second time running with five of SR TAFE’s VETiS students contributing to these results.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery presented the shield and medals to WA winners at a closing ceremony at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.

The Minister announced that TeamWA won more medals than any other State or Territory competing this year.

The South Regional TAFE medal winners were:

  • Django Taylor, VETiS Construction (Construction), Gold
  • Brody Stallard, Welding (Manufacturing and Engineering), Gold
  • Dylan Radar, Cabinetmaking (Construction), Silver
  • Benjamin Willmott, VETiS Bricklaying (Construction), Silver
  • Brody Johnston, Welding (Manufacturing and Engineering), Silver
  • Sky Burgess, VETiS Food and Beverage (Social and Personal Services), Silver
  • Jessica Cherry, VETiS Hairdressing (Social and Personal Services), Silver
  • Imogen Hunt, VETiS Food and Beverage (Social and Personal Services), Bronze.

Brody Stallard and Dylan Radar have won accolades in the past for their training and received South Regional TAFE student awards. Mr Radar received the overall Apprentice of the Year award this year and Mr Stallard received this award in 2020.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Darshi Ganeson said the 13 students who attended the Championships had done an incredible job representing the college, TeamWA and their trade.

“Our staff provide the highest level of skills training and support to our students to help them achieve success,” she said.

“Most of the students selected to attend received a medal, which demonstrates their dedication to their training and their ability to achieve under pressure in a competitive environment.”

“I would like to congratulate all of the students on their success and thank the South Regional TAFE staff who mentor the students and support the WorldSkills competitions.”

South Regional TAFE Training Manager Anita Host said she was extremely pleased with the way the team had conducted themselves during the competition and the skills they had demonstrated to the judges and industry representatives.

“They supported each other, worked effectively as a team and were wonderful ambassadors for the college.”

The WorldSkills National Championships is Australia’s largest vocational education competition. WorldSkills is considered to be the Olympics of skills competitions.

South Regional TAFE TeamWA students with Minister Sue Ellery and South Regional TAFE Managing Director Darshi Ganeson.