Skills put to the test

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BRANDI Bur­nett, a 17-year old trainee from Pin­jarra, has been se­lected by WorldSkills Aus­tralia to com­pete against the best up-and-com­ing Aus­tralian trades­peo­ple at the WorldSkills Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney.

More than 400 com­peti­tors from across Aus­tralia con­tested for the ti­tle of Na­tional Cham­pion in 50 trades and skills cat­e­gories in the event from June 2 to 4.

Brandi is head girl at Pin­jarra Senior High School and em­ployed by Pin­jarra Bak­ery.

She com­peted in the Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing in Schools (VETiS) Food and Bev­er­age com­pe­ti­tion.

VETiS is any na­tion­ally recog­nised vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing that counts as a credit to­wards a senior sec­ondary cer­tifi­cate.

Brandi earned her place at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships af­ter a strong per­for­mance at the 2017 WorldSkills Aus­tralian Re­gional Competitions.

“Be­ing cho­sen to com­pete at Skills Show 2018 is such an hon­our and I can’t wait to see what I can achieve,’’ she said.

Out of 50 skills in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, about 30 have fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion, which is the most in the com­pe­ti­tion’s his­tory.

More than 100 women com­peted in a wide range of skills, from heavy me­chan­ics to elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion.

Brandi Bur­nett is among 400 com­peti­tors from across Aus­tralia who are in Syd­ney vy­ing for the ti­tle of WorldSkills Na­tional Cham­pion.

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