Vehicle for her talent
PAINTER HEADS TO WORLDSKILLS
O’CONNOR vehicle painter Dusti-Lee Franchi (22) has been selected for an elite team to represent Australia in the WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi this October.
She wraps up work at Stokes and Renk Panel and Paint at the end of the month and will then head into two months of training in Sydney, a move she is both excited and nervous about.
Funded by a Worldskills allowance and a gofundmepage – into which the RAC deposited $10,000 about two weeks ago – Miss Franchi has a lot of expectations resting on her young shoulders.
The South Lake resident returns to Tafe after hours to practice skills not covered in her full-time job and does design work at home two nights a week.
“I’m so nervous about the changes but I’m excited to go over,” Miss Franchi said.
Known as the Skillaroos, the Aussie team will test its skills in its respective trades.
Miss Franchi will be joined by gamer Alex Schmidt (21) from Parmelia who trained at North Metropolitan Tafe, and cabinetmaker Nick Johnston (20) from Roelands who trained with South Regional Tafe.
People from 77 countries will compete in five skills.
Australia is currently ranked 12th in the world but hopes to finish in the top 10 this year.
Rous Head Industrial Park Vehicle painter Dusti-Lee Franchi has been selected for WorldSkills International.