More than 15 automotive apprentices competed for a shot at a spot in the WorldSkills national competition

In November at the Axalta training centre in Marsden Park, entrants battled against one another in a series of paint and panel style challenges, designed to put their skills to the test across disciplines ranging from spray painting to buffing and even design layout.
“The WorldSkills competition provides a key opportunity for recognising emerging talent in our industry,” MTA NSW Chief Executive Officer, Stavros Yallouridis, said.
“Not only is WorldSkills a chance to demonstrate the high quality of our training, it’s also an opportunity for our organisation to give back and invest in the future careers of our talented trainees.”
When all was said and done, taking out the top honours were Kynan Bonanno (Gold), Braeden Lemke (Silver) and Bryceson Gordon (Bronze).
The WorldSkills regional competition is held every two years, featuring more than 500 events across 34 regions of Australia. Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who each have the chance to win gold, silver and bronze medals.
Successful entrants will go on to be selected for the National championships to be held in at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre in September 2023, with further successful entrants from the National event to be invited to join the ‘Skills Squad’ offering the chance to travel internationally and compete on a global scale.
In order to be eligible to enter the regional competition, entrants must either be undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, undertaking studies towards a qualification at an RTO/TAFE or University or have completed a relevant qualification at an RTO/TAFE or University.

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