Tradie’s got skills

Talented: Joiner Josh Morrissey will show the world his skills in October. Picture: Chris Lane
Talented: Joiner Josh Morrissey will show the world his skills in October. Picture: Chris Lane

Josh Morrissey may not describe himself as a perfectionist – but there’s no denying he has a keen eye for detail.

The 22-year-old Picton joiner will head to Abu Dhabi in October to compete with tradies from 77 other countries in the WorldSkills International.

The competition sees the best tradespeople pitted against each other in order to determine who is the best at their craft.

For the first time, Mr Morrissey will represent Australia – also known as the Skillaroos.

“I never thought doing something that I did for work would allow me to represent my country,” he said.

“It’s a massive honour.

“I can’t wait – it’s going to be amazing.

“My parents are coming over to so hopefully I’ll be able to bring home the gold medal for Australia.”

Workplace/training field: Josh Morrissey at his workplace, Classic Woodwork in Narellan. Picture: Chris Lane

Workplace/training field: Josh Morrissey at his workplace, Classic Woodwork in Narellan. Picture: Chris Lane

On top of his job at Classic Work in Narellan Mr Morrissey has spent about 16 hours “after work and in my own time” each week training in preparation for the competition.

His rise from regional champion to Australian representative has seen the former St Gregory’s College student compete in WordSkills competitions interstate and abroad in recent years.

This year he has already been overseas three times – once to the United Kingdom and twice to China – for competitions.

He’s also had a good lead up the the WorldSkills International, placing second at the Global Skills Challenge in Newcastle – where tradies from 14 other countries also competed.

Mr Morrissey said attention to detail was “critical” in the competitions and it separated the top-placed finishers from those who finished towards the bottom.

He also said that extra attention to detail and the experience from the competitions has paid dividends in the workplace.

He was thankful to his bosses who had allowed him time off work to compete and to use the workshop to train.

“They’ve supported me so much,” he said.

The WorldSkills International competition will be held from October 14 till October 19.

Concentration: Attention to detail is paramount for Josh Morrissey. Picture: Chris Lane

Concentration: Attention to detail is paramount for Josh Morrissey. Picture: Chris Lane