TAFE students in WorldSkills comp

SIX vocational education and training students from TAFE Queensland are being farewelled at a mayoral reception this week before they head to Brisbane to take part in the WorldSkills national trade and skills competitions.

These WorldSkills finalists represent the top apprentices or trainees in their field from both the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast regions, and are now going on to face the best from 29 other regions across Australia.

Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said he was impressed that the students were prepared to take up the challenge and wished them every success.

“Life is full of challenges and I can only encourage the students to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way,” he said.

The Australian WorldSkills competitions, now in their 31st year, operate on a two-year cycle with national winners advancing to an international competition to represent their country at the Skills Olympics in London in 2011.

So far 300 young Australian apprentices, trainees or students have taken part in this competition.

Wide Bay Institute of TAFE director Trevor Schwenke said a send-off from the Mayor would mean an enormous amount to these young finalists who were about to face the challenge of their career.

“The competition becomes much tougher as the field reduces, and our students will find the national WorldSkills finals a challenge,” Mr Schwenke said.

He said one example was the regional cookery finalists who have so far had to prepare, plan and cook just one meal as part of the regional competitions.

“At the next stage, they will have to do the same for many meals over three days.”

The Mayoral Reception will take place on Tuesday at the Gympie Town Hall at 3pm.

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