Painter wins gold medal

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

A Be­nalla-based ve­hi­cle painter has won a gold medal at the Re­gional World Skills Com­pe­ti­tion.

Goul­burn Ovens In­sti­tute of TAFE au­to­mo­tive stu­dent Kyle Lit­tle will be pre­sented with a medal and Cer­tifi­cate of Achieve­ment af­ter win­ning gold at the Re­gional World Skills Com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Lit­tle is em­ployed by Chris Lowen Smash Re­pairs, Be­nalla, and took out the Ve­hi­cle Painting sec­tion of the World Skills Com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Lit­tle said he had the op­por­tu­nity to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion as part of his course at GOTAFE and it was a great hon­our to win.

‘‘I was over the moon, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win,’’ Mr Lit­tle said.

‘‘(The com­pe­ti­tion) in­volved colour match­ing, so I was given a colour and had to add to it, to match a panel I was given.

‘‘I’ve been work­ing at Chris Lowen Smash Re­pairs for nearly three years.

‘‘I get an op­por­tu­nity to do a lot there, I get a chance to work in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the com­pany, so that helped give me the knowl­edge I needed for the com­pe­ti­tion.’’

Mr Lit­tle plans to be part of the Na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney next year and said he would give it his best shot.

If all goes well he hopes to make the world fi­nals af­ter that.

GOTAFE WorldSkills Project Of­fi­cer Cal­lum Ross said the level of skill show­cased by all the stu­dents that com­peted was high and this year there was a record num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions held for the Cen­tral Vic­to­rian Re­gion.

‘‘There was a to­tal of 13 com­pe­ti­tions held by GOTAFE for our re­gion, the most ever,’’ Mr Ross said.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion is very de­mand­ing on the stu­dents, it’s stress­ful and fast paced and re­quires them to work on a va­ri­ety of tech­niques within a spec­i­fied time­frame, usu­ally around six hours.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tions saw stu­dents com­pete against their class­mates and the clock in their cho­sen trade.’’

From July to Oc­to­ber the Re­gional World Skills Com­pe­ti­tions were held at GOTAFE’s Shep­par­ton and Wan­garatta Cam­puses across a va­ri­ety of fields in­clud­ing build­ing, au­to­mo­tive, plumb­ing, re­tail bak­ing bread, re­tail bak­ing pas­try, dress­ing and beauty ther­apy.

The win­ners from the Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tions will be el­i­gi­ble for the se­lec­tion process to at­tend the Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney next year.

Win­ners from last year’s Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion are com­pet­ing in the World Com­pe­ti­tion held in Abu Dhabi in Oc­to­ber.

GOTAFE has had strong suc­cess at the World Skills Com­pe­ti­tion.

In 2016, two GOTAFE stu­dents rep­re­sented the re­gion at the Na­tional WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne.

Au­to­mo­tive ap­pren­tice Crys­tal McLaren from Wodonga placed third in the Paint and Panel cat­e­gory, while hair­dress­ing ap­pren­tice Eloise McCormick from Beech­worth placed ninth.

Their suc­cess has sparked in­ter­est from train­ers and ap­pren­tices alike, with six de­part­ments in­volved in this year’s Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion. hair-

Op­por­tu­ni­ties: Goul­burn Ovens In­sti­tute of TAFE of­fers a va­ri­ety of cour­ses that al­low stu­dents to be part of the Re­gional World Skills Com­pe­ti­tion.

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