Ap­pren­tice set on na­tional ti­tle

North West Telegraph - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

A young South Hed­land fit­ting and ma­chin­ery ap­pren­tice is set to take on the big smoke as he pre­pares for the WorldSkills Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter win­ning the re­gional fi­nals of the WorldSkills con­test last year, Cain Bathurst will show­case his tal­ents in the na­tional cham­pi­onship in Syd­ney.

The 18-year-old In­line En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices em­ployee said he was feel­ing con­fi­dent as the event grew near.

“I didn’t go into it ex­pect­ing to get this far but I’m more con­fi­dent af­ter win­ning the re­gion­als and have been prepar­ing out­side work and classes,” he said. “The goal is to make it to the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high be­cause I know the ap­pren­tices over east do re­ally well in these events.”

Be­tween work and ap­pren­tice­ship stud­ies Mr Bathurst has been prepar­ing and prac­tis­ing with Kar­ratha North Re­gional TAFE lec­turer and men­tor Reme Pereira, who will also be judg­ing the fit­ting and ma­chin­ery cat­e­gory.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, he will be given 18 hours to man­u­fac­ture a com­plex bracket assem­bly in­clud­ing the cre­ation of the parts.

Mr Pereira said he was con­fi­dent in Mr Bathurst’s abil­i­ties but stressed the win­ner would come down to tal­ent shown on the day.

“Cain has ex­cel­lent at­ten­tion to de­tail, which was clearly demon­strated in the plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of his project dur­ing the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

WorldSkills is one of the big­gest vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and skills ex­cel­lence events in the world and al­lows young peo­ple to show­case their tech­ni­cal abil­i­ties in a range of cat­e­gories at a re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level. The Na­tional Cham­pi­onships will be held June 2-4.

Cain Bathurst will take part in the WorldSkills Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in June.

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