Campbelltown students show the world they’ve got skills

Maxine Colligan and Hayden Dillon have competed against the countries best apprentices and trainees. Pictures: Supplied
Maxine Colligan and Hayden Dillon have competed against the countries best apprentices and trainees. Pictures: Supplied

Campbelltown is home to some of Australia’s best up-and-coming tradies.

Maxine Colligan and Hayden Dillon have put their skills to the test to win medals at the WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships.

The Campbelltown students competed against more than 400 apprentices and trainees from 50 different trades at the International Convention Centre last week.

TAFE NSW Campbelltown student Maxine Colligan was awarded a silver medal in the vehicle painting category.

She said the competition was an amazing experience.

“It went so quickly but I enjoyed every minute of it,” she said.

“When my name was called out for the silver medal I actually didn’t believe it was happening as the competition in vehicle painting was really close. It was such a surreal moment.

“The atmosphere was a lot more relaxed than what I was expecting, I’ve met some really great people, made some new friends and the judges were just awesome.”

Ms Colligan’s silver medal win puts her in the running to qualify for a place on the Australian Skillaroos team who will compete with the world’s best at the 45th WorldSkills International Competition finals to be held in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

Bow Bowing student Hayden Dillion was awarded a silver medal in the carpentry section of the skills competition.

Mr Dillion said he felt “absolutely stoked” to win a medal.

“The competition was exciting and challenging and it was really nerve-wracking having to compete under pressure and in front of a crowd but I’d definitely compete again if I had the chance,” he said.

“I loved being able to meet lots of interesting people, and also one of the best things was seeing all the other trades that were there.”

TAFE NSW regional general manager, Michael Cullen said the two students had achieved a great accomplishment.

“I am extremely proud of Maxine and Hayden for their incredible achievements but I’m equally proud of all our competitors for stepping outside their comfort zone and representing TAFE NSW with such passion,” he said.

“WorldSkills creates an exciting, interactive and engaging environment for participants.

“They will learn important life-long skills that will not only help them succeed individually, but will help deliver a highly skilled workforce.”