Apprentice set on national title
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.